I-90 crash leaves motorists stranded for hours

ERIE, Pa. -- The return to winter weather on Thursday has caused several accidents around the area, including lane closures on Interstates 79 and 90.

Around 12:45 p.m., a 10-15 car pileup on I-90 near mile maker 13 closed both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-90. As of 5 p.m. crews were still working help motorists who have been stuck in their cars since around 1 p.m.  

According to PennDOT, the westbound lane of I-90 between I-79 and Route 18 is closed. There are also reports that the westbound lane of I-90 is closed at the Ohio state line.

The eastbound lane of I-90 from Route 18 to Exit 16 is also closed, according PennDOT.

PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit on Interstate 90 and Interstate 79 in Erie County and northern Crawford County to 45 mph. 

There is no official report on injuries, however there are reports of up to 15 people injured. 

Just before noon, emergency responders closed the I-79 ramp onto I-90 eastbound after a semitractor-trailer rolled over near mile marker 177. The ramp is expected to reopen at 4:30 p.m.

The chance that the weather will continue to cause accidents for several more days is prompting a response from Harrisburg.

Action News has learned that the state has activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center.
That center brings together the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT and emergency managers to help bring resources to parts of the state dealing with natural emergencies.

It will give local responders easy access to state resources until the brunt of the storm has passed.


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