Fort Pitt Bridge Crash Ties Up Morning Traffic
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A tractor trailer accident and fuel spill on the lower deck of the Fort Pitt Bridge stalled traffic and caused some major backups Wednesday morning.
The scene has since been cleared, but the location of the accident had a far-reaching impact on the morning commute.
It was shortly before 7 a.m. when the morning rush started building.
An SUV and box truck collided on the Fort Pitt Bridge. No one was hurt, but the truck was sideways and it blocked all traffic heading to and from the bridge, including downtown.
The HOV lanes opened up to alleviate the flow.
“I’m gonna put it in my GPS, and park somewhere and figure it out,” said one driver stuck in the gridlock.
“My GPS is telling me to go straight, which obviously, there’s a detour and I can’t do that,” added another driver. “So, I’ll swing a left and find my way through the traffic I just went through.”
But getting out of the city wasn’t nearly as bad as trying to get into the city.
Traffic was backed up with folks trying to use Fort Duquesne to Fort Pitt and into the city. Cars were backed as far as the casino, all the way to the West End Bridge.
By 9 a.m., the wreckage and spilled diesel fuel were moved away and sopped up. And drivers annoyed with the wait, were looking at the bigger picture – that no one was hurt.
“There’s an accident. We’ll God bless them,” said one driver.