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Massive Crash On Icy Pennsylvania Highway Causes 50-100 Vehicle Pile Up

Multiple crashes along the Pennsylvania turnpike Friday created a massive back-up for hours. Several injured motorists were transported to local hospitals.

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Early this morning, NBC 10 reported a massive multi-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

#BREAKING: PA Turnpike shutdown, at least 30 vehicles in major multi-vehicle crash near Route 1 exit: http://t.co/Ji70cXiUyE

NBC10 Philadelphia@NBCPhiladelphia

#BREAKING: PA Turnpike shutdown, at least 30 vehicles in major multi-vehicle crash near Route 1 exit: http://t.co/Ji70cXiUyE

08:40 AM - 14 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The PA Turnpike Commission lifted speed restrictions a few hours before the initial accident.

With snow leaving PA by 4 a.m., the Turnpike plans to lift all speed and trailer restrictions today at 6 a.m. -- in time for a.m. rush.

Carl DeFebo@cdefebo

With snow leaving PA by 4 a.m., the Turnpike plans to lift all speed and trailer restrictions today at 6 a.m. -- in time for a.m. rush.

12:39 AM - 14 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At first, 50 cars were reported in the major pileup.

Massive Pennsylvania turnpike crash involving at least 50 vehicles, @NBCPhiladelphia reports http://t.co/0CNOGjYMP6

BuzzFeed News@BuzzFeedNews

Massive Pennsylvania turnpike crash involving at least 50 vehicles, @NBCPhiladelphia reports http://t.co/0CNOGjYMP6

09:44 AM - 14 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In total, between 50 and 100 cars were involved in the massive pileup.

Overturned car on the #PAturnpike. 50-100 cars in the pile-up (photo: @cbs3_wx)

BuzzFeed News@BuzzFeedNews

Overturned car on the #PAturnpike. 50-100 cars in the pile-up (photo: @cbs3_wx)

10:13 AM - 14 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission enacted "Plan X" to combat the accident scene.

"Plan X, is the method by which the Commission, in emergency situations such as multiple vehicle accidents, closes certain sections of the Turnpike and reroutes traffic around the affected sections."

#PATURNPIKE ALTERNATE ROUTE INFO MAP #phillytraffic @nbcphiladelphia

Jillian Mele@jillianbmele

#PATURNPIKE ALTERNATE ROUTE INFO MAP #phillytraffic @nbcphiladelphia

10:59 AM - 14 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Around 2:30pm local time, the highway reopened after hours of standstill.

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