Crash involving about 50 vehicles closes section of I-80 in Clearfield County
February 19, 2014 6:32 PM
AP Photo/Deven Clarke, WJAC-TV
In this photo provided by WJAC-TV, some of the vehicles involved in a multi-vehicle crash are seen on the side of the highway on Interstate 80 between Exit 120 and Exit 133, east of Clearfield on Wednesday.
By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
An early morning collision of about 50 vehicles on I-80 in Clearfield County will keep 10 westbound miles of the interstate closed until about 10 tonight, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.
The interstate is closed between Clearfield County exit 133 (Kylertown) and exit 123 (Woodland), PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin said.
An estimated 50 vehicles, mostly tractor trailers and about 10 passenger vehicles, were involved in the 7 a.m. crash, Ms. Fannin said. Some injuries were reported, though she said she did not believe any were serious.
Eastbound lanes were closed earlier in the day to allow emergency vehicles access to the crash, but have since reopened.
Ms. Fannin said overnight freezing precipitation, a lack of sunlight, low temperatures impacting the efficacy of salt and "motorists who were probably driving too fast for conditions" likely contributed to the crash.
A second crash involving a gasoline tanker occurred around 8 a.m. between westbound exits 123 and 120 (Shawville) and temporarily closed that section of the interstate. That area has reopened.
Lexi Belculfine: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published February 19, 2014 5:16 PM
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