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May 20, 1989 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
A tractor-trailer that was unable to stop when traffic suddenly slowed at a construction site on the Schuylkill Expressway crashed into the car in front of it and triggered a pileup yesterday afternoon that injured three people and closed the road for three hours. It took firefighters 90 minutes to free the victims in two cars crushed beneath the tractor-trailer. They used a series of rescue tools, including pressurized air bags to spread sections of the cars apart. None of the injures was serious, according to hospital officials.
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July 24, 1995 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Ten people were injured, two seriously, in a 26-car pileup on Interstate 95 that officials say was at least partially caused by fog that rose from the road after a heavy daytime downpour. The chain-reaction wreck gridlocked the heavily traveled highway for more than two hours. The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. near the Academy Road exit on I- 95's northbound side - forming an instant junkyard that backed up traffic seven miles to Girard Avenue, said Officer William Jones of the accident investigation division.
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February 23, 1989 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three people were killed yesterday and at least four others were injured in a fiery chain-reaction pileup of a truck, a tractor-trailer and eight cars on a rain-slick portion of the Schuylkill Expressway near the Montgomery Drive exit, police said. The accident caused severe traffic problems, and police closed part of the expressway for about four hours. Investigators said the accident occurred when westbound vehicles were forced to stop suddenly about 11:35 a.m. for a stalled car in the left lane about 500 feet west of Montgomery Drive.
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September 30, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
Three people were taken to a hospital following a four-car pile up in the Kelly Drive near the Schuylkill reviewing stands this morning, officials said. The weather is believed to have been a factor in the crash involving three cars and a taxi, police said. The Fire Department said three people were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital following the 9:45 pileup for treatment of injuries that were not considered life threatening. The crash snarled traffic in the area for some time.
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February 23, 2014 | BY DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writer davidd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
THE Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is investigating the massive chain-reaction crash that shut down the turnpike for 7 1/2 hours on Feb. 14. No one was killed, but 30 people were hospitalized with serious injuries after the pileup of tractor-trailers and about 100 other vehicles that began about 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes between the Willow Grove and Route 1 exits. Commission CEO Mark Compton said in a news release that the commission is looking into what caused the pileup and how authorities responded to it. Next week, the commission is expected to interview turnpike maintenance employees, call-center dispatchers and other safety officials, Compton said.
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June 19, 2007 | By Art Carey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One man was killed and two women were injured yesterday when a tractor-trailer was involved in a multi-vehicle pileup in Bucks County that closed the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours and caused traffic to back up into New Jersey. State police and turnpike officials said the accident occurred about 3 p.m. near the Delaware Valley exit in Bristol Township, when a vehicle coming to the aid of a disabled vehicle along the shoulder forced the tractor-trailer to stop suddenly.
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September 13, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
A multi-vehicle crash blocked the westbound lanes of the Vine Street Expressway for three hours today, snarling the morning rush hour on both sides of the Delaware River. Despite the apparent seriousness of the crash, all those involved in the pileup walked away from the wreckage. The crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. near Broad Street and involved two cars, a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer. One car burst into flames a short time later, forcing officials to also briefly close the eastbound lanes.
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May 18, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Three people were injured, one critically, in a four-car pileup on the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Fairmount Park. Police are investigating the cause of the 8:20 a.m. crash near Montgomery Drive. Fire Department medics took three people to area hospitals, one of them in critical condition, a spokesman said. The pileup blocked the MLK Drive for a time.
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February 16, 2016
Authorities on Sunday identified three people killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 78 that occurred during a snow squall Saturday. They are Kenneth Lesko, 50, of Bethpage, New York; Francisca Pear, 54, of Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Alfred Dean Kinnick, 57, of Limestone, Tenn., Pennsylvania State Police said. At least 50 cars and tractor-trailers were involved in the crash about 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the east- and westbound lanes of I-78 in Bethel Township on the Berks County and Lebanon County lines.
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May 1, 1989 | Associated Press Inquirer staff writer Jeffrey Fleishman contributed to this article
A pileup on Interstate 80 injured at least 13 people yesterday when a tractor-trailer slammed into a pack of slow-moving cars, state police said. Eleven vehicles were involved in the wreck in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Delaware Water Gap Bridge about 4 p.m., according to Trooper Don Nostrand of the Swiftwater barracks. The highway was closed in both directions for about four hours. Helicopters carried four of the injured to Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, where they were being treated late last night, said a hospital official who declined to give her name.
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February 16, 2016
Authorities on Sunday identified three people killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 78 that occurred during a snow squall Saturday. They are Kenneth Lesko, 50, of Bethpage, New York; Francisca Pear, 54, of Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Alfred Dean Kinnick, 57, of Limestone, Tenn., Pennsylvania State Police said. At least 50 cars and tractor-trailers were involved in the crash about 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the east- and westbound lanes of I-78 in Bethel Township on the Berks County and Lebanon County lines.
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February 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Update:   I-78 reopened in both directions at about 7 a.m. Sunday after a pileup involving dozens of vehicles that killed three people and sent dozens to hospitals. A snow squall that suddenly blew across an area of I-78 in central Pennsylvania on Saturday morning caused near-whiteout conditions and slippery roads and within minutes left 50 cars and tractor-trailers in a deadly tangle of metal. At least three people died. The pileup at about 9:30 a.m. blocked both the east- and westbound lanes of I-78 in Bethel Township on the Berks County and Lebanon County lines, Pennsylvania State Police said.
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January 27, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Top state officials profusely thanked the guardsmen, firefighters, and others who helped keep stranded travelers safe after last weekend's snowstorm brought about the state's latest impromptu turnpike tailgate party. And they certainly deserve credit for preventing the worst, as do the civilians who helped each other during the ordeal. But more than gratitude, the Wolf administration and the Turnpike Commission owe emergency workers and the public a promise that this will be the last in a long series of dangerous surprise sleepovers on Pennsylvania's highways.
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January 13, 2016
INDIANA Snow squalls cause highway pileups Snow squalls fueled by winds gusting up to 40 m.p.h. created blinding conditions on Indiana highways Tuesday, leading to several multi-vehicle pileups including two involving dozens of vehicles that closed Interstate 74 in the southeastern corner of the state, authorities said. The crashes within a half mile of each other about 20 miles west of Cincinnati closed the interstate in both directions for at least six hours, Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.
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January 21, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Anderson cracked jokes during meetings and volunteered to help coworkers. He put in extra hours to further his career, and spent the last five years leading the office of ticket sales at Dover International Speedway. Most of all, his colleagues said, he loved being a father. Anderson, his wife, and their 1-year-old son were on their way home to Delaware from visiting family in the Philadelphia area early Sunday when their car slid into a jackknifed tractor-trailer on an icy stretch of the Blue Route.
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January 20, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rain and ice caused a pileup of a dozen vehicles Sunday that damaged a fire engine on a New Jersey Turnpike overpass Sunday. The trouble began when firefighters and an EMS crew responded to a one-car accident on Route 42 in Bellmawr, Fire Chief Jim Burleigh said. The responders blocked the road with a fire engine to protect workers at the scene, Burleigh said. As the EMS crew worked to treat the driver involved in the accident, another car slid on the ice and hit the fire engine.
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March 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A higher-than-usual number of accidents due to lingering conditions after a heavy winter storm overwhelmed Pennsylvania Turnpike responders during the massive Valentine's Day pileup in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, turnpike officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Mark Compton, the Turnpike Commission's chief executive officer, told the Transportation Committee that there were "gaps" in the agency's response. But he said the high volume of accidents across the turnpike during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14 because of scattered, fast-forming icy patches tested the agency's ability to reach the 100-plus vehicle pileup between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.
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February 23, 2014 | BY DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writer davidd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
THE Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is investigating the massive chain-reaction crash that shut down the turnpike for 7 1/2 hours on Feb. 14. No one was killed, but 30 people were hospitalized with serious injuries after the pileup of tractor-trailers and about 100 other vehicles that began about 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes between the Willow Grove and Route 1 exits. Commission CEO Mark Compton said in a news release that the commission is looking into what caused the pileup and how authorities responded to it. Next week, the commission is expected to interview turnpike maintenance employees, call-center dispatchers and other safety officials, Compton said.
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February 23, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
Slick pavement, speeding drivers, and poor visibility due to sun glare were among the factors that led to last week's massive pileup on the turnpike, state police said Friday. Legislative and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials also announced that they would investigate the causes of and emergency response to the accident, which damaged about 100 vehicles and injured at least 25 people. And Gov. Corbett directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to review the state's response to this winter's storms, which, in addition to the turnpike mash-up, have caused widespread power outages and dumped large amounts of snow across the state.
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February 21, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A politically connected auto-towing and car-repair magnate in Bucks County is making quite a haul from last week's massive pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Robert Leipziger, 58, of Langhorne, who owns Rob's Automotive & Collision Center in Bristol, has contracts with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and AAA to provide all towing and repair services on 45 miles of the turnpike, including the scene of Friday's chain-reaction accident that injured at least 25 people and closed the turnpike for eight hours.
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