A tour bus heading to Cincinnati via the Pennsylvania Turnpike rolled over and was hit by two tractor-trailers around 3:40 a.m. on Sunday. The crash resulted in five deaths and injuries to 60 others.
According to a public relations officer with the Pennsylvania State Police, the accident was a chain reaction. The bus was going downhill around a corner when it went up onto an embankment and rolled over, before being hit by the other two vehicles.
Most of the people on the tour bus are not from the U.S. and spoke Japanese or Spanish. The Red Cross has responded and is working with local hospitals to deal with problems that arise, including issues with luggage and passports and reconnecting passengers with their families.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to see what caused the accident. About 80 miles of the turnpike were shut down in both directions to allow local emergency management teams to respond and assess the situation.
The section of road where the accident occurred is in the snow belt and had been treated since 9 p.m. Saturday night.
The damage from the crash is extensive and a lot of work must be done to get the roadway prepared for further traffic.
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