According to CBS Philly, about 100 cars may be involved in multiple crashes around the Bensalem, Pa., area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
One accident reportedly involves a jack-knifed tractor-trailer and 30 other vehicles. The other may involve as many as 75 vehicles. Both accidents were in the vicinity of the Route 1 exit.
The turnpike website lists the area as have all lanes blocked with slowed or halted traffic.
Due to multiple crashes, #PATurnpike remains closed EB between Willow Grove 343 & Bensalem 351 exits http://t.co/H8WLYGenVC
— PA Turnpike (@PennaTurnpike) February 14, 2014
Renee Colborn with the Communications Department of the Pennsylvania Turnpike told AccuWeather.com that an official number of involved vehicles has not been tallied yet, but that approximately ten vehicles were involved in the initial accident which sparked a chain reaction of pileups.
As of 10:30 a.m. EST Friday, three minor injuries have been confirmed. State police are still investigating the cause.
According to Colborn, cleanup efforts could likely take several hours.
"There are so many cars that will need to be towed out," she said. "And the bigger trucks involved that will also need to be towed out."
The sky was was mostly sunny and the temperature was 34 degrees in the area. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said that wintery road conditions could still have been affecting roads.
"Most likely, roads were at least partially snow covered from the burst of snow that fell overnight. Wet and slushy with icy spots," he said.
The snow in the area stopped around 3 a.m. EST Friday. Temperatures were above freezing since the snow ended so the slushy conditions were likely with some icy spots. The dew point was in the middle 20s range, which could have caused some icy areas along with melting.