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Snowy pileup closes Pennsylvania Turnpike between Morgantown, Reading

At least 10 people injured in crashes involving at least 35 vehicles, officials say

At least 10 injured in Pa. Turnpike crash; highway reopened

BRECKNOCK TWP., Pa. - At least 10 people were injured in a crash that closed the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Morgantown and Reading interchanges for about eight hours Thursday.

Four separate clusters of accidents involving at least 35 vehicles closed the highway near the border between Berks and Lancaster counties shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, turnpike officials said.

Images from the scene show several of the vehicles came to rest in a grassy area off the highway. Some vehicles also struck a turnpike snow plow, officials said. Both westbound lanes remain blocked.

As many as 10 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries, officials said.

Westbound drivers are being advised to get off the turnpike at Morgantown and take Route 10 South for one mile to Route 23 West. Travel eight miles to Route 322 West and go another eight miles to Route 222 North. Travel five miles and re-enter the turnpike at the Reading interchange.

WFMZ's Ryan Hughes will have the latest in a live report from the scene on 69 News at 5:30.

In the meantime, travel has resumed on Interstate 78 in northern Berks County, where a number of accidents closed the highway Thursday morning.

Forty-four people were hurt, including two with life-threatening injuries. Thirteen of the victims had to be rescued from their wrecked vehicles.


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