Tractor Trailer Overturns, Causes Heavy Delays On Parkway West
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An accident involving an overturned tractor trailer has been cleared, but it caused a major traffic mess Friday morning when it forced crews to shut down a ramp from the Fort Pitt Bridge to the Fort Duquesne Bridge downtown.
Emergency officials say the tractor trailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash.
The truck was carrying large metal coils, some of which fell off the rig and landed in the roadway.
“It’s pretty bad up there, looks like they are getting everything taken care of though,” said Rick Heald, a driver who became stuck in traffic because of the accident.
According to PennDOT, the ramp from the Parkway West/Fort Pitt Bridge to the Fort Duquesne Bridge/Parkway North had to be shut down while crews cleared the scene. Access from the Fort Pitt Bridge to Liberty Avenue/Downtown and the Parkway East remained open.
Officials said that there was also a small oil spill as a result of the crash, but crews were able to contain it by putting material down on the road to soak it up.
No one was seriously hurt.
However, commuters saw heavy delays on the inbound Parkway West, according to PennDOT.
Some drivers were stuck for up to two hours.
“It’s pretty horrible, but I’ve experienced it a few times, so I’m just trying to be patient and cool-headed about it and remain calm,” said Matthew Rohanna, another driver.