Mich. driver involved in crash that closes Pa. turnpike

Associated Press

Indianola, Pa. — A roughly 10-mile stretch of the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened about four hours after a tractor-trailer driven by a Michigan driver crashed near Pittsburgh, causing a traffic backlog for miles.

State police say the truck driven by 44-year-old Walter Lee Mida, 44, of Wayne, hit a guardrail then tipped over onto its side about 11 a.m. Thursday. That happened in Indiana Township, about three miles west of the Route 28 exit, northwest of Pittsburgh.

The westbound lanes were closed between that exit and the Route 8 exit about 10 miles farther west until shortly after 3 p.m.

Police say Mida, who drives for Quickway Carriers, based near Columbus, Ohio, was taken to a hospital with only minor injuries.

The westbound lanes were closed so crews could clear the wreckage and police could finish investigating.