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UPDATE: Turnpike Reopens After Accident, Fuel Spill

An accident that occurred on the turnpike in Plum just before 5 a.m. closed all westbound lanes after a fuel spill but all lanes are open now.

The westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike between Monroeville and Allegheny Valley has reopened after an accident involving a tractor-trailer occured early Thursday morning.

At around 4:40 p.m., state police responded to mile marker 49 in Plum Borough after the driver of the tractor-trailer rolled over and blocked both lanes of traffic.

According to a 9:32 a.m. update from the PA Turnpike Commission, all traffic must exit the turnpike at the Pittsburgh/Monroeville exit at this time. A previous update just before 7:30 a.m. said only the right lane was blocked.

According to an accident report, the driver lost control while negotiating a downhill curve during a heavy rainstorm and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road. The tractor-trailer then crossed both westbound lanes and hit the concrete median barrier, which caused it to rollover.

Hazmat crews responded because the tractor-trailer was leaking fuel.

The truck driver was not injured, according to the police report, and the accident is under investigation. Charges have not been filed.

Drivers must follow this alternate route:

Exit the Turnpike at the Pittsburgh exit 57, and use the following detour:

Take I-376 West (16 miles) to I-279 North (Ft. Duquesne Bridge), bear right on bridge (I-279 North) to SR 28 North exit. Stay on SR 28 North (23 miles) to Harmarville Exit, Rt 910 East (1/10 mile). Make a left on to Freeport Road (7/10 miles) and re-enter PA Turnpike at the Allegheny Valley Interchange (48/Old 5). Follow signs to Ohio and West.

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Heidi Dezayas July 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It seems like traffic is backed up all around town this morning. Parkway East is backed up due to the detour and I just received word that Route 909/Hulton Road is backed up.
Heather July 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I wondered what was going on. There was a ton of traffic this morning.
Heidi Dezayas July 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
According to an 11:18 a.m. update from the turnpike commission, traffic still has to exit in Pittsburgh.

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