Turnpike, Route 19 Reopen After Tractor-Trailer Strikes Bridge

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was temporarily closed near Cranberry Township after a tractor-trailer struck a bridge.

According to Turnpike officials, the truck was traveling along Route 19, when it struck the bridge around 9:30 a.m.

As a result, the Turnpike was closed in both directions between the Butler Valley Interchange (exit 39) and Cranberry (exit 28).

The bridge was inspected and reopened around 11:30 a.m.

The tractor-trailer was hauling an earth-moving piece of equipment, which is what struck the bridge. The heavy machinery fell off the trailer and struck a car.

“The impact of the tractor-trailer into the bridge did cause the load to flip onto its side consequently flipping onto a traveling car southbound also,” Northern Regional Police Capt. John Sicilia said. “[The female driver] did sustain injury. She’s at the hospital right now, but the injuries are to be determined.”

The northbound side of Route 19 reopened to traffic at 3 p.m., and the southbound side reopened a short time later around 3:30 p.m.

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