Section of PA Turnpike where hundreds were stranded back open

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – State authorities say a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh where hundreds of vehicles were stranded during the massive winter storm has reopened in both directions.

Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo says eastbound lanes at the scene in Somerset County reopened Sunday afternoon and westbound lanes reopened shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.

More than 500 cars, trucks and buses, including two university sports teams, got stuck in a miles-long backup Friday night after tractor-trailers jackknifed as they tried to climb through the mountains toward the Allegheny tunnels.

Emergency workers checked on those in the backup and distributed food, water and fuel. Officials said 216 people stayed in a Bedford County shelter Saturday night and 200 more stayed in local hotels.

Turnpike officials are vowing an extensive review of the situation and response.

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