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AP | Matt Rourke
Vehicles are piled up in one of the accidents Friday in Bensalem, Pa.

Trucks, dozens of cars crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike

PHILADELPHIA – Authorities say more than a dozen people were injured in traffic accidents involving several semis and dozens of cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia.

Abington Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Taing said the hospital received 16 patients: five trauma patients and 11 people with minor injuries. She said she could not immediately provide conditions for the trauma patients.

The series of accidents backed up traffic for miles between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits of the turnpike, the state’s primary east-west highway.

The crashes were reported just after 8 a.m., about five hours after a storm that dropped a foot of snow finally moved out. Speed restrictions enacted during the storm had been lifted at 6 a.m., but motorists say the roadway was very slick.

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