Watch: Car Fire Slowing Down Traffic on I-79

PennDOT traffic cameras show fire trucks on the scene of Wednesday night's crash. For northbound commuters, it's the second traffic-snarled rush hour in as many nights.

A car fire slowed rush-hour traffic Wednesday night in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the intersection of Wedgewood Drive in Wexford.

At 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, PennDOT cameras showed emergency responders at the scene. The crash was cleared and traffic was flowing again by mid-evening.

For northbound commuters who frequent this portion of I-79, it was the second evening rush-hour in as many days to be clogged by heavy traffic.

Reader Kate Schaffner commented on the Cranberry Patch Facebook page that traffic on I-79 North is at a near standstill from just before Wexford to about a mile after the Mt. Nebo exit.

On Tuesday night, motorists complained of being stuck for as long as two hours in a jam triggered by a sudden snow squall. Drivers slowed to a crawl, and traffic backed up for miles, according to Pine-Richland Patch Facebook readers.

According to the National Weather Service in Moon, that squall resulted from a band of steam generated by the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport. That steam hit the colder air above, creating a band of snow that traveled eastward and dropped up to an inch of snow in its patch, according to the weather service.

To watch the live feed from the PennDOT camera, click here.


Are you stuck in traffic? Tell us what you see in the comment section below.

Nicole January 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Stuck in it. Hope no one is hurt but this sucks!!!


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