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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An overturned tractor trailer caused a traffic jam during the Wednesday morning rush hour on Interstate 79.

The crash happened around 5 a.m. on the northbound side of the road leading up to the second S-bend on I-79.

The highway finally fully reopened at 1:30 p.m.

(Photo Credit: Meghan Schiller/KDKA)

The highway was shut down northbound from Crafton to Coraopolis, specifically Route 60 Crafton/Moon Run (Exit 60) and the Route 51 Coraopolis/McKees Rocks (Exit 64) interchanges for much of the morning. A single-lane of traffic reopened around 10 a.m.

PennDOT was asking drivers to avoid I-79 the area.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller Reports:


 

Crews managed to push the tractor trailer over to clear one lane on the highway so vehicles sitting in the backed up traffic could finally get by.

KDKA watched as tow trucks worked to clear the tractor trailer, which was surrounded by police cars on all sides. They are expected to be there for some time.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller reports traffic was backed up on the highway significantly during the morning rush hour.

PennDOT’s detour takes motorists westbound on I-376 to Business Loop 376 to University Boulevard to southbound Route 51 to the Sewickley Bridge to southbound Route 65 back to I-79.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

Meghan Schiller