Storm’s Aftermath: Monster 100-Car Crash Clogs Pennsylvania Highway

Source: Alexander Smith and Erik Ortiz / NBC News

A massive traffic pileup shut down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday morning, as an estimated 50 to 100 vehicles crashed, flipped or spun out amid the slushy roadway — another impact of Thursday’s monster storm.

The main wreck occurred around 8:20 a.m. ET on a 3- to 4-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes in Bucks County, north of Philadelphia, reported NBC Philadelphia. A snow-related speed restriction — forcing cars to go no more than 45 miles per hour — had just been lifted at 6 a.m.

“My heart was just like … oh my God. There’s no words to express it,” motorist Maria Schoeler, who saw the wreckage, told NBC Philadelphia. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s something you don’t expect with this many vehicles. It’s pretty treacherous.”

Twenty-four people were taken to local hospitals with one serious injury, although none life-threatening, officials said.

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