The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 13, 2014

Turnpike closed westbound between Carlisle and Breezewood

Multi-vehicle accident forcing emergency closure.

For The Tribune-Democrat

HARRISBURG — A 65-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Carlisle Interchange (Exit 226) and the Breezewood Interchange (Exit 161) is now closed westbound due to a multi-vehicle accident involving two tractor trailers and two passenger cars at milepost 175.6. No injuries are being reported.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists: Exit at Carlisle take Route 11 north to I-81 south (58 miles) to Maryland to I-70 west (I-81, Exit MD 4) (48 miles) to Route 30 east (.3 miles) and re-enter at Breezewood Interchange (Exit 161). It is estimated that the detour will add 30 to 45 minutes to the trip.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers at the Carlisle interchange during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during the closure.