Dozens injured after series of highway crashes in Eastern Pa.

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A section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 78 in Eastern Pennsylvania re-opened Thursday night after being shut down for hours when chain-reaction pileups ensnared dozens of vehicles on the snow-covered highway.

No deaths have been reported.

Turnpike officials say 35 vehicles piled up shortly before 10 a.m., blocking westbound lanes and causing a 4-mile backup about 50 miles west of Philadelphia, between the Morgantown and Reading exits. Turnpike officials said there were four separate accidents between mileposts 287.5 and 290.2. Motorists who were trapped in traffic were u-turned and sent back to Morgantown, where their tolls were waived.

The highway reopened at 5:15 p.m.

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn said about 10 people were taken to hospitals.

Meanwhile, state police say 25 to 30 vehicles piled up on Interstate 78 and shut down about 5 miles of westbound lanes, also in Berks County. The lanes reopened after 3 p.m.

Trooper David Beohm said 25 people were taken to hospitals and 44 were treated at the scene.





The Associated Press contributed. Jon Schmitz: or 412-263-1868. First Published December 26, 2013 12:52 PM

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