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HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A tractor trailer overturned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County on Thursday, blocking multiple lanes of traffic.
The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. in Hempfield Township, between the Irwin and New Stanton exits.
TRAVEL ALERT: A crash on the @PA_Turnpike at milepost 70 is now causing delays on I-76 in both directions. A westbound tractor-trailer flipped over the median and overturned on the eastbound side, spilling mulch on the road. Be alert, slow down between Irwin, New Stanton exits. pic.twitter.com/Q8knZ8r9mh
— Carl DeFebo (@cdefebo) April 19, 2018
Officials confirm a tractor trailer hauling mulch overturned on the center median. The left and center lanes of traffic, both eastbound and westbound, are blocked while crews clear the scene.
“It’s a mess, it’s a mess, but thank god the guys alive,” one driver said.
The truck driver was flown to a local hospital, they say he was conscious.
“The gentlemen that was in the truck was life flighted out of here, they put him on a stretcher. They said he was playing with his cellphone so he survived.”
Further details have not yet been released at this time.