At least 17 people were injured in numerous crashes today around 8:30 a.m. near the Route 1 exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The collisions involved 50 to 100 vehicles.
Rescuers still hadn’t gotten through the entire scene by 11:00 in the morning, and Montgomery and Burlington counties provided EMS assistance. Of the 11 injured people taken to Abington Hospital, five were reported as trauma cases. A few injured people were taken to other nearby hospitals.
The cause of today’s Pennsylvania car crashes on the turnpike appears to be weather-related, according to State Police Captain Greg Bacher. The North East was blasted with snow and freezing rain yesterday, leaving roads slippery and dangerous.
Vehicles involved in the accidents included jackknifed tractor trailers and a FedEx box truck.
A crash between the Willow Grove and Bensalem exits on the westbound side of the turnpike resulted in overturned vehicles and multiple injuries. The southbound side of the turnpike’s had Northeast Extension an accident involving several vehicles that stopped traffic between the Lansdale exit and the Mid-county interchange in Plymouth Township.