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Pileup blocks turnpike, I-78 in eastern Pennsylvania

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn says backed-up vehicles were cleared and about 10 people were taken to hospitals, with no reports of anyone dying.

The Associated Press

12/26/2013

READING, Pa. — Portions of both the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 78 are shut down in snowy eastern Pennsylvania after chain-reaction pileups involved dozens of vehicles on slippery highways.

Turnpike officials said Thursday that 35 vehicles piled up in related accidents, blocking westbound lanes and causing a 4-mile backup about 50 miles west of Philadelphia, between the Morgantown and Reading exits in Berks County.

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn says backed-up vehicles were cleared and about 10 people were taken to hospitals, with no reports of anyone dying.

Meanwhile, state police say about 40 vehicles piled up in multiple Thursday morning crashes on I-78 and shut down about five miles of westbound lanes in Berks County.

Police say no one was killed, though one person was flown to a hospital by helicopter.

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