Highways reopen in eastern Pa. after pileups

Posted - Dec. 26, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.



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READING, Pa. (AP) - Highways in eastern Pennsylvania have been reopened after being shut down for hours because of chain-reaction pileups that ensnared dozens of vehicles on snow-covered roads.

No deaths have been reported.

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say 35 vehicles piled up Thursday, blocking westbound lanes and causing a 4-mile backup about 50 miles west of Philadelphia, between the Morgantown and Reading (REH'-ding) exits.

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn says the highway reopened after 5 p.m. and about 10 people were taken to hospitals.

Meanwhile, state police say 25 to 30 vehicles piled up on Interstate 78 and shut down about 5 miles of westbound lanes, also in Berks County.

The lanes reopened after 3 p.m. Trooper David Beohm (BAYM') says 25 people were taken to hospitals and 44 were treated at the scene.

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