PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 500,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways.
PECO reports more than 442,000 customers without power early Wednesday in the five-county Philadelphia region, most of them in suburban counties. More than 161,000 customers were without power in Chester County, more than 118,000 in Montgomery County and more than 102,000 in Bucks County. PPL reports almost 59,000 customers without power, most of them in Lancaster County.
Amid the transportation havoc, the Pennsylvania Turnpike says an 11 p.m. Tuesday accident involving three tractor-trailers that killed one driver has closed both eastbound and westbound lanes of the turnpike between the Gettysburg Pike and Harrisburg West. Officials also warned motorists to beware of fallen trees — some of them blocking lanes — on portions of the southeastern Pa. turnpike and the southern part of the Northeast Extension (I-476).
The turnpike earlier ordered speed limits reduced to 45 mph and banned empty tractor-trailers. State highway officials also dropped speed limits to 45 mph on many roads including a number of interstates.