- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - State police have released some details on a snowy pileup that closed the Pennsylvania Turnpike from New Stanton to Breezewood.

The westbound lanes were completely closed for more than four hours Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Police say the crash happened when a commercial car carrier and a FedEx truck were driving side-by-side. When a snow squall made it difficult to see, both trucks stopped to avoid hitting one another. But they were then rear-ended by another vehicle starting a series of chain-reaction crashes that stretched for about two-tenths of a mile.

The car carrier, FedEx truck and a passenger vehicle caught fire.

In all, 11 commercial vehicles and five passenger vehicles wrecked.

Police say there were no major injuries reported.

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