Governor: 500-plus vehicles stuck in turnpike backup
PHILADELPHIA (AP) —
Gov. Tom Wolf says more than 500 vehicles are stuck in the miles-long backup in western Pennsylvania, but emergency crews have been delivering supplies and officials are working to move people to shelters if needed.
Wolf told reporters Saturday afternoon that each vehicle had been checked at least once, and workers had been delivering food as well as fuel to make sure engines keep running so the heat can stay on.
He says they are working to get shelters in place quickly so people can be moved to them in buses if necessary.
And Wolf said the rest of the commonwealth "is in as good a state as can be expected." But he warned people to stay off the roads and said another major problem could prompt a closure of highways in the commonwealth.
In West Virginia, an interstate highway north of Charleston has reopened after as many as 200 vehicles were stranded overnight amid a snowstorm.
The logjam of mostly tractor trailers on Interstate 77 was cleared by noon Saturday after road crews plowed the snowy highway surface and a fleet of wreckers pulled out stuck vehicles.