A major accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Thursday morning left authorities scrambling and commuters stuck in miles of backup.
The collision occurred around 6 a.m. near the Philadelphia exit at Route 1 and involved both east and westbound lanes. According to reports, 10 vehicles including multiple tractor-trailers were involved, leading to significant damage and debris across the roadway.
First responders arrived to find a chaotic scene. Several vehicles had crashed into the concrete barrier, leaving wreckage strewn across the turnpike. Entrapment and injuries were reported as rescue crews worked urgently to provide aid.
For commuters it spelled traffic headaches for miles. Backups of 4-8 miles built up in both directions as investigators began the work of processing the scene. With the turnpike at a standstill, frustrations mounted and many were forced to seek alternate routes.
Authorities advise avoiding the turnpike near the accident site and recommend Street Road for detours. The cause remains under investigation but it is anticipated delays could persist for some time as cleanup gets underway.
After a morning of gridlock, officials hope the snarl subsides soon. But for those impacted by the extensive tie-ups, it was a commute they may not soon forget.
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