Pa. turnpike crash lesson for planners

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:21 p.m.

HARRISBURG — State senators warned on Tuesday that a Valentine's Day pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was a lesson in chaos and gridlock that needs to be corrected before another one happens with more serious consequences.

The hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee focused on the weather analysis before water froze on the roadway during the Feb. 14 morning's commute, the communication gaps between the responding agencies and the lack of access responders had to the roadway.

Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, said that when agencies did respond, it was confused and chaotic and nobody seemed to know who was in charge.

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