When you have a road that was not salted properly, factor in a sun glare and poor visibility you have a big problem and that is what happened on The Pennsylvania Turnpike today, Feb. 14 2014. It will be known as the Valentines day pile up. The carnage happened around 7:45 a.m. just as the sun was coming up. It was a huge bright ball of fire in the sky. Drivers heading east towards NJ could not see. When you add spray from cars in front it makes it difficult to see. Your inclination is to slow down and that happened. It happened way too fast.
At least four multi vehicle pile ups stretched from an area between second Street pike to Bustleton Ave. Fire and emergency crews were not able to reach victims for hours. At one point a staging area of ambulances was implemented. The idea was to stage them in the left lane and advance them up as needed.The problem was motorists that were too stupid to pull out of the left lane. As space became available,they would block the emergency vehicles. Finally a "Plan X" was implemented for the entire Turnpike. that means it was closed.
Multiple people were injured. Some serious, some walking wounded. Vehicles banged into each other and some were twisted and turned in different directions. Some accidents were minor. In some cases, drivers did not know who hit their car, as they got hit multiple times and pushed dozens of feet from initial impact.
Then there were the people that were able to stop in time and not hit anyone. they were stuck. Carnage was everywhere. the people on the turnpike could not go anywhere. back, forward nowhere. They were stuck. Food and water were made available to them.a father and son made the best available time and played hockey while vehicles were stopped all around them. The problem is ,bathrooms. or lack thereof. It's much easier for males to relieve themselves than females. People were fuming at the Turnpike Authority for not clearing ice from the lanes. granted it was only a few small patches but those patches were all that was needed. People were not able to call private tow trucks either. Everything had to be moved by Robs towing.
In some areas police were stationed along over pass ramps to prevent people from stopping and blocking traffic.
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