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Pileup on Pennsylvania Turnpike exposed gaps, officials say

Published On: Mar 11 2014 04:10:28 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2014 07:03:01 PM EDT

Hearing on Turnpike pile-up in Harrisburg


Pennsylvania state senators are warning that a Valentine's Day pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was a lesson in chaos and gridlock that needs to be corrected.

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission acknowledged during a Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Tuesday that they need to work on their response to major pileups.

Nobody died as a result of the 41-vehicle chain-reaction crash over three miles on the turnpike, about seven miles east of the Willow Grove interchange.


But officials acknowledged that some responding agencies didn't communicate well initially, including the state police and Bensalem police. Backed up traffic hampered the efforts of police and responders because gridlocked cars couldn't get out of the way.