PHILADELPHIA – Multi-car accidents in the Philadelphia area last Sunday morning was blamed to the continuing icy conditions. Sleet continued falling and freezing rain were non-stop as dangerous road conditions and dozens of accidents remained unabated. To the constraint of plane travelers, the weather was wreaking havoc at the airport.
Eastbound Schuylkill Expressway was closed for about an hour after a multi-vehicle accident. The mishap happened at approximately 7:00 o’clock in the morning in the exit of Belmont close both Interstate 76 between Belmont and City Avenue. It was around 11:00 o’clock in the morning when the eastbound was reopened.
According to the Police Department of Philadelphia, Martin Luther King Drive was closed just after 9:00 o’clock in the morning due to the sleet. Drivers were forced to go slowly down Trevose Road and Bustleton Avenue in Somerton this morning. Due to the condition, some cars were stranded on the road. In NE Philly, part of Willits Rd. was also not passable this morning.
Icy conditions closed some portions of Route 1 in Delaware County for about half an hour. The area between Valley Brook Road and Route 452 was reopened at about 7:40 o’clock in the morning.
At Delaware County, police reported that a car crashed into a pole in the Twp. of Ridley. The crash happened near the corner of Swarthmore Avenue and Morton Avenue.
Block 1600 of Larkin Rd. was so dangerous that Sunday morning that the Upper Chichester police had to close the area for a while. The road crew was called to get in and spray ice melter. Later that morning, it was re-opened.
Pennsylvania Department of Traffic stated that they sent around 182 trucks of salt to different areas from 4:00 and 5:00 o’clock in the morning after reporting the icy conditions.
Problems of power caused mass transit delays at Fox Chase, Chestnut Hill East- SEPTA and Regional Rail Lines of Trenton.
Around 8:30 o’clock in the morning, there were overwhelming icy conditions in Delaware’s Roth Bridge amidst Pole Bridge Rd. and Wrangle Hill Rd. to close but it was again opened prior to10:00 o’clock in the morning.
The good news was that no incidence of injuries reported in any of the multi-car accidents.
Police of Philadelphia reported that the external lanes between Cottman Avenue, Roosevelt Boulevard and Ryan Avenue in both directions that they were closed due to the road conditions. Police departments assigned in the area are advising drivers to keep off the roads until the ice starts melting. But drivers on the road are urged to exercise extreme care.
Until 1:00 o’clock in the evening, an advisory on freezing rain is in effect all over Philadelphia and its surrounding areas.
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