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Pennsylvania turnpike lanes reopen after 2-vehicle crash in Westmoreland

Paul Peirce
| Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Traffic backs up on the turnpike Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 after a multiple vehicle crash occurred near mile marker 84.8 in Mount Pleasant Township.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Traffic backs up on the turnpike Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 after a multiple vehicle crash occurred near mile marker 84.8 in Mount Pleasant Township.

The westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Mt. Pleasant Township were open again Friday afternoon, hours after a two-vehicle accident blocked traffic for miles.

The accident was reported at westbound milemarker 84.8 between the New Stanton and Donegal interchanges at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

State police said at least one person was injured — Laura Elvin, 51, of Doylestown — when the Honda Pilot she was driving collided with a Volvo tractor-trailer. Information was unavailable about the truck driver or the extent of Elvin's injuries and the status of two passengers in her car — Perry Elvin, 52, and Sophie Elvin, 20, whom police said may have been injured.

According to police, Elvin, who was driving in the right lane, swerved into the left lane, in front of the truck. The truck swerved to the left, in an attempt to avoid a collision, but crashed into the center median and into the driver's side of the car.

Several emergency crews responded.

Traffic was halted through the stretch because of the accident, according to the turnpike's website.

No further information was available.

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