The flash-freeze was caused by a sudden light rain that froze on contact with the cold roadways.
Fifty-six vehicles were involved in the first major pileup on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. One person died in the accident and at least 31 were injured. Police brought SEPTA buses to take injured victims to nearby hospitals.
A second pileup on the Schuylkill Expressway, around mile marker 337, involved 7 vehicles. Nearby, another multi-vehicle accident occurred that involved a tractor-trailer. This accident happened on the Blue Route at West Chester Pike in Broomall, Delaware County. Police reported two fatalities and numerous injuries in that crash.
A freezing rain advisory was put into effect until 10 a.m. on Sunday but temperatures soon reached 40 degrees.
If you find yourself in conditions such as this, slow down, put your flashers on for others to see you and never exit your vehicle until first responders have arrived. The best thing you can do to ensure your safety is to avoid traveling in these conditions whenever possible.
When you are involved in a multi-vehicle accident, determining the party at-fault can be complex. It is a driver’s responsibility to control their vehicle to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road with them. If you or a loved one were injured in a multi-vehicle accident, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys have experience in these types of cases and will make sure the at-fault party is held responsible.