100 Cars Crash in Huge Pennsylvania Pileup Chain
Traffic backed up for miles
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 14, 2014 9:58 AM CST
An overturned car is seen in this screenshot from NBC 10's live feed.   (NBC 10 Philadelphia)

(Newser) – More than 100 cars and dozens of tractor trailers have been caught up in a chain of accidents stretching over several miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem this morning, backing up traffic for several more miles behind that. The first accident came at about 7:45am on the westbound side, causing a rubbernecking delay on the eastbound side—where the subsequent crashes occurred beginning at 8am, Fox 29 Philadelphia reports. Icy conditions are believed to be responsible—though residents say that stretch of road is so notoriously treacherous that accidents sometimes occur there in good weather.

One crash site involves roughly 75 cars and several tractor trailers, CBS 3 Philadelphia reports. Another 30 cars were involved in another big wreck, in which a tractor trailer jackknifed, reportedly landing on top of at least four cars. Emergency crews are now using the westbound side to transport out the wounded. At least five people have been hospitalized so far. This is "the worst accident I have seen in the 20 years I have been doing this," CBS' traffic reporter said.

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Jon Q. Publix
Feb 15, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Republicans --- unwittingly working to promote atheism on a daily basis.
Lou Bernardo
Feb 15, 2014 12:42 AM CST
According to Google Maps the Penn. Turnpike is still the same road it was when it was built in the early1950s in that area (4 narrow lanes, no shoulder lane) Sign in the photos say it is near the US Rt. 1 exit not far from the beginning at the Delaware River. They keep raising the tolls but haven't done much in modernizing the road.
bearmon2010
Feb 14, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Wow, those people are so idiots!!!! So stupid that they do not have a brain!!!!!!!!!! Jeez!