The Pennsylvania Turnpike experienced lane closures after a massive number of icy weather car crashes on Valentine’s Day. A total of 75 to 100 motor vehicles were reportedly involved in crashes that day, causing 30 people to be injured. The
began at approximately 8:30 a.m., when a monstrous 25-car pileup set off a historic chain-reaction event.
The resulting mess of automobiles included at least four jackknifed semi trucks. At least 16 people were taken to the hospital for injuries. One woman described the tense moment of her car spinning out of control until a FedEx truck slid into her. Another woman said that her husband was unable to use his breaks as he slid directly into the pile of cars.
Salvation Army and American Red Cross volunteers arrived on scene with blankets and food for the crash victims in an effort to keep them safe and comfortable. Emergency responders acted quickly to close the turnpike to avoid further accidents and injuries. Miraculously, and no doubt due to the swift response of police and emergency crews, no deaths were reported relating to the Valentine’s Day crash, as of Feb. 14.
Icy weather conditions result in countless Pennsylvania car accidents every winter season. Often, there is nothing that a driver can do to avoid these incidents; however, in some cases they happen because a driver was not paying attention, was not following traffic laws or failed to use due care on the road. When a motorist is to blame for causing property damage or physical injury, he or she can be held financially liable for the costs of medical care, permanent disability and/or other damages that result from that driver’s negligence or impropriety.
Pennsylvania Turnpike pileup crash still under investigation
, No author, Feb. 15, 2014