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Major Pileup Closes Part of Pa. Turnpike

2 tractor-trailers, tour bus, passenger vehicles involved in early morning crash that killed 5
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 5, 2020 8:15 AM CST
5 Dead, at Least 60 Hurt in Pa. Turnpike Pileup
Emergency crews respond to a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Mount Pleasant Township early Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Multiple people were killed early Sunday in a crash involving a passenger bus, two tractor-trailers, and passenger vehicles in Pennsylvania, officials said.   (WPIX TV via AP)

(Newser) – Five people were killed and dozens injured early Sunday in a crash involving multiple vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a transportation official said. A tweet from Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said the crash involved a tour bus, two tractor-trailers, and passenger vehicles. DeFebo told the AP that the Westmoreland County coroner confirmed five fatalities and said at least 60 people were hospitalized with injuries.

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The crash happened around 3:30am in Westmoreland County, around 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. The crash closed the turnpike for an 86-mile stretch between New Stanton at Exit 75 and Breezewood at Exit 161, DeFebo tweeted. A “prolonged closure” of the turnpike is likely, DeFebo said. The tour bus flipped on its side, DeFebo told the Tribune-Review. He said National Transportation Safety Board investigators were called to the scene. The National Weather Service forecast for Westmoreland County early Sunday listed light unknown precipitation and an air temperature just below freezing. DeFebo told the AP it was “premature” to say if weather was a factor in the crash.

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