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NORTH EAST, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Traveling east on Interstate 90 Wednesday was a nightmare. A combination of low visibility and tractor trailer accidents made a long day for drivers.
“I didn’t know what kind of accident happened there because they had the road closed, so I had to take 86 to go around, take a back route and hit back on 90,” trucker, Kevin Mckee told Erie News Now.
A multivehicle accident involving tractor trailers caused traffic to come to a standstill for several hours. Traffic was diverted onto I-86, but that didn’t make matters any better.
“There were a lot of semi’s. All of them were going around that turn,” said Mckee.
What normally would’ve been a 15-minute detour took about an hour and a half for some.
“We got a lot more snow than we thought we were going to get, and I think unfortunately, we were surprised as well,” said Jill Harry, spokesperson for PennDOT. She says they’ve certainly had a busy couple of days dealing with leftover slush and new snow.
“Not everyone was slowing down, and the weather was taking some people by surprise, I think because the way the snow was falling very heavy in certain areas,” said Harry.
Traffic began flowing in both directions on I-90 at around 7:30 Wednesday evening.
If you’ll be traveling over the coming days, PennDOT says it’s vital to keep an eye on 511pa.com to see if there are speed restrictions or hazards on your route.
Truckers who are moving along say so far, so good. “So far, the weather’s good. The roads are good. I don’t know how it is further up once you hit Ohio, but we’ll see,” said Mckee.
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