At Least 5 Killed, Dozens Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Emergency crews respond to a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Mount Pleasant Township on Jan. 5, 2020.WPIX / via AP
WPIX / via AP

At least five people were killed and dozens more were injured in a multi-vehicle crash early Sunday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The crash involved a tour bus, passenger vehicles, and two tractor-trailers, NBC News reported.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesperson Carl DeFebo confirmed in a tweet that about 60 people were taken to area hospitals, and there were five confirmed dead at the scene.

Somerset Hospital said in a statement that it treated and released 18 patients involved in the crash.

DeFebo said that the turnpike will likely undergo a “prolonged closure,” adding that officers were still at the scene of the incident.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the multi-vehicle crash.

The crash took place in Westmoreland County near Pittsburgh on the westbound side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Although the crash happened on the westbound side, debris from the collision made it to the eastbound side of the road.

The crash shut down 86 miles of highway from New Stanton to Breezewood in both directions, USA Today reported.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted Sunday that he was “saddened” to hear about the fatalities caused by the crash.

“Keeping victims and their families in my prayers,” Wolf tweeted. “Efforts by @PAStatePolice and responders prevented further loss of life.”

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