Southbound Expressway @ Tarentum backed up for miles

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Tarentum, Pa. – Motorists headed southbound to the big city are faced with a miles-long traffic backup on the Allegheny Valley Expressway after what appears to be a 3 vehicle crash that occurred about 5:22 am Thursday morning.

From the Bakerstown overpass: Southbound traffic headlights could be seen back to the Natrona Heights exit. Traffic was moving at about 5 miles per hour as State Police and Tarentum fire departments were on scene a few hundred yards from the bridge overpass. One vehicle could be seen on its side in the passing lane. It’s unclear where the second vehicle was located but police did report a 3rd vehicle had gotten off at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall exit.

Initial reports were the first vehicle was on its side and smoking with the driver self extricating. Motorists are urged to stay clear of the area as this backup will last past the 7:00 am hour.

Summit Hose Engine #282 and brush truck assisted the State Police with traffic control and debris cleanup.