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Accident causes Pennsylvania Turnpike closure

On Jan. 12 motorists were alerted to a traffic detour by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The detour was caused by an accident involving two tractor trailers, a car carrier and another vehicle near the Somerset interchange at milepost 107 westbound. Traffic was detoured at the Breezewood interchange and motorists were allowed to get back onto the turnpike at the New Stanton interchange 86 miles later.

Such a long detour was needed because shorter routes could not safely handle the volume of traffic being diverted. The closure was prolonged because of the type of vehicles involved and because of poor weather conditions including sporadic whiteouts. Traffic getting on the turnpike at the Bedford interchange was allowed to get on in a single lane to alert motorists of the impending accident. Motorists were further advised that speed limits could be lower on the alternate routes and to be cognizant of changing weather conditions.

Those who are involved in a car crash may suffer catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding or traumatic brain injuries. Although injured victims may face medical bills and time spent out of work, it may be possible to win compensation to recoup those costs. It may also be possible to win compensation in the event that an injured victim is not able to return to work.

A person who has been hurt in a crash may wish to consider meeting with an attorney to learn how best to seek compensation for the losses that have been sustained. If the attorney can pinpoint responsibility for the accident through a review of the official investigation report and other evidence, the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver may be advisable.

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