Accident involving camper causes delays on Pennsylvania Turnpike

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A traffic accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday afternoon left eastbound travelers at a standstill for several hours.

The accident happened at about 1 p.m. at milepost 208 in a construction zone, a state police spokesman confirmed. The single-car accident involved a 20-foot camper detaching from a pickup truck. There were no injuries, he said.

Responders weren't able to tow the camper or load it onto a flatbed, and because there was no shoulder, the camper had to be dragged out of the construction area and traffic.

Cars were backed up past the Blue Mountain tunnel until almost 3:30 p.m., he said.

All lanes are open, he said, but many drivers left their vehicles while waiting for the accident to be cleared causing a "gigantic backlog." The scene is clear, he said, and police are directing drivers back to their cars.

First Published August 17, 2014 12:00 AM

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