The Pennsylvania Turnpike is back open after being closed for the better part of Thursday. According to officials the first of four separate accidents happened at 8:53 am the day after Christmas. Within the next half hour three more accidents along a two and a half mile stretch occurred, closing the westbound lanes between the Downingtown and Reading interchanges in Berks County for over eight hours.
Officials believe the weather played a part in the accidents. The Turnpike Commission says there were salt and plow trucks out this morning. One of the four accidents involved a vehicle crashing into a plow.
According to officials about 35 vehicles were involved in the crashes. As many as ten people were taken to the hospital with injuries, thankfully there were no fatalities. No word on how severe the injuries were.