Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened following a series of early crashes that closed both directions between the Philadelphia and Willow Grove exits.Urk. Good thing I filled up the gas tank the night before.
Some delays remain, but motorists who were stuck for hours have probably made it through by now.
The highway was blocked by wreckage from three separate accidents involving nine vehicles, according to State Trooper Kevin Rathman.
At about 6:20 a.m. a westbound commercial tractor trailer lost control and crashed through the concrete median into oncoming eastbound traffic, colliding with four vehicles.
One of the vehicles, a pickup truck, burst into flames.
A passenger of one of the vehicles was taken to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
The tractor-trailer driver was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
"No, no, no, there is no fatality," Rathman said, correcting some mistaken reports on radio and TV.
Two additional collisions occurred in the aftermath, he said. No one was hurt in those accidents.
Other things of note. We went swimming yesterday, but I did not participate in either Karate classes because ... I forgot my uniform. The Tyrant's stuff was packed, but I had neglected to check the supply bags before loading them into the cargo hatch of the SuperSaturn POS. Argh ... I really wanted to practice my next staff form too. The Tyrants acted up in the worst ways since I was not out there hammering them into line. This will continue all week till they get over the 'Grandparent Disease'. It's all fine and dandy that I missed the class though. I've been a bit ill of late ... AGAIN. I picked up something in the last days of vacation, most likely from the Mrs. It happens, I'm a virus magnet.
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