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I-80 reopened in western Pa. after icy crash

February 20, 2014
Associated Press

SHAWVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State transportation authorities say the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania have reopened after being closed Wednesday due to a chain-reaction crash involving an estimated 50 vehicles, most of them tractor-trailers, during icy conditions.

The crashes began shortly before dawn Wednesday as ground still frozen from weeks of low temperatures and snow caused rain to turn to ice, despite temperatures above freezing. The westbound vehicles piled up near the Clearfield/Shawville exit, about 120 miles from the Ohio border and about 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Fourteen people were treated at Clearfield Hospital for what a spokeswoman described as "mild to moderate injuries."

Last week, crashes involving tractor-trailers and scores of cars blocked the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia. At least 30 injuries were reported, but none serious.



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