PA Turnpike closed after 5 people killed, over 50 hospitalized following crash
By: WPXI.com News Staff
Updated: January 5, 2020 - 4:42 AM
All directions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed due to a crash involving three tractor trailers, a tour bus and a car.
First responders were calling it a “mass casualty incident.” Emergency crews said five people were killed and roughly 60 people were taken to area hospitals with injuries.
25 people were taken to Excela Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant ranging in age from 7 to 52-years-old. Nine of those patients were under the age of 18.
Officials said 11 patients were taken to Forbes hospital. Two of them were in critical condition. One patient was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital. The remainder of the patients at Forbes were listed in fair condition and ranged in age from 15 to 67.
UPMC reported they received 22 patients from the Turnpike crash. 18 were treated at UPMC Somerset and released. Three patients were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and one child was transported to UPMC Children’s.
The bus involved in the crash was operated by a company called Z & D Tour Inc., which advertises “daily express bus service” between New York, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Dayton, Springfield, Vandalia and Wheeling. The semi trucks involved were from UPS and two from FedEx.
A spokesperson for FedEx sent a statement to Channel 11:
“First and foremost we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the individuals involved in this accident. There is no higher priority for FedEx Ground than safety, and we are cooperating fully with investigating authorities at this time.”
State Police said the tour bus was traveling downhill on a curve and hit an embankment. The UPS and FedEx trucks, and the passenger car behind the bus, then hit it. There is no timetable as to when the highway will be back open.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to the crash scene in Mt. Pleasant, between the New Stanton (MM 75) and Donegal (MM 91) exits. The stretch of highway that is closed is 86 miles.
The Westmoreland County Coroner was called to the scene.
Initial reports said that weather was not a factor in the crash. Turnpike officials said there trucks going through the area at least every hour putting down salt and aggregate. Winds were gusty at the time, however, and there may have been light sleet in the area.
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PA Turnpike closed after 5 people killed, over 50 hospitalized following crashBy: WPXI.com News StaffUpdated: January 5, 2020 - 4:42 AMAll directions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed due to a crash involving three tractor trailers, a tour bus and a car.First responders were calling it a “mass casualty incident.” Emergency crews said five people were killed and roughly 60 people were taken to area hospitals with injuries.25 people were taken to Excela Frick Hospital in Mou...
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