Pennsylvania to ban commercial traffic on interstates during storm

Pennsylvania will ban all commercial traffic, including buses, on most interstates during this weekend’s winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration said.

The commercial vehicle ban will be in place between noon Saturday and noon Sunday on all interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, except for Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania.

PennDOT said the vehicle bans will help snow plow crews keep the interstates open.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on the interstates as the storm progresses.

Officials urged drivers to use caution during the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds, and to watch out for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state.

I-80 From Laramie to Walcott to Open Today After Hazmat Spill

UPDATE: Westbound Interstate 80 is now open from Cheyenne to Walcott, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation on Thursday afternoon.

This portion of the highway was closed earlier Thursday at the request of a local authority, according to WYDOT.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation expects Interstate 80 from Laramie to Walcott to reopen Thursday afternoon after cleanup from a hazmat situation that began Wednesday, according to a news release from WYDOT.

About 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, a truck carrying some hazardous materials crashed on I-80 just west of Arlington.

WYDOT crews closed the road to westbound traffic about 11 a.m. to make room for the cleanup process.

Some of the truck’s contents broke open and spilled onto the roadway. WYDOT and Wyoming Highway Patrol identified some of the material as hazardous. The trucking company contacted a hazmat cleanup crew from Denver.

Brand Fogg, WYDOT’s Area Maintenance Supervisor in Arlington, said the hazardous chemicals included hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, and flammable materials.

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The first hazmat crew arrived on scene about 7:45 p.m.

However, they determined they were not equipped to clean up the material and a second hazmat crew from Colorado was contacted.

The second crew arrived about 3 a.m. and was finishing Thursday morning. The tractor and first trailer were removed from the highway.

As the cleanup finishes, Fogg said WYDOT maintenance is monitoring the road surface for any damage the chemicals may have caused. Maintenance will also need to salt and sand the road before it opens.

Snow, combined with sustained winds of more than 30 mph and gusts around 60 mph, hampered the cleanup process.

No one was hurt in the crash.

U.S. Highway 30 westbound also will reopen at the same time as I-80, as will Wyoming Highway 210, which has been closed to all but local traffic.

I-80 from Cheyenne to Laramie was closed due to truck parking being full in Laramie.

WYDOT and WHP received assistance from numerous agencies including Albany and Carbon counties and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security.

“We want to thank our partner agencies for their help with this incident,” said Tom DeHoff, the district engineer in Laramie. “We also want to thank the public for being understanding and patient during this unique situation. Safety is our top priority.”

Unrelated to the hazmat situation, I-80 eastbound was also closed last night after a semi jackknifed near Elk Mountain. The eastbound lanes opened about 7 a.m.

Semi Truck ‘Partially Hanging’ from Biz 80 Overpass near McClellan Airport

SACRAMENTO Emergency responders are at the scene of a semi-truck “partially hanging” over the side of westbound Business 80 above Highway 244, near McClellan Airport.

The crash was first reported shortly before noon, according to the CHP.

One person was transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.

Hazmat crews are on the scene to help clean up a leaking diesel tank, which Metro Fire later clarified to say the tank was leaking liquified natural gas.

It was not immediately clear what caused the wreck, but wet weather has made roadways in the region slick.

Trailer tractor crashes into restaurant near Price, 3 people injured

A speeding trailer tractor crashed into a restaurant in Wellington early Wednesday morning, the Utah Highway Patrol reported.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., an eastbound tractor-trailer was traveling at a fast speed in the winter weather conditions.

The trailer left the road and collided with the restaurant.

The restaurant owner told troopers that his wife was trapped inside, UHP reported. The woman said she was injured as authorities entered the building to rescue her.

Troopers say all of three people are “doing okay… considering.” They are being treated at Castleview Hospital for minor injuries.

One lane of state route 6 is temporarily closed.

The Wellington Police Department says traffic will need to follow 400 W. to Railroad Avenue, then 100 East and south to Ridge Road, then east to get to state route 6.

Troopers stationed in Price are reporting a semi truck that has crashed into a restaurant in Wellington off SR-6. All occupants are out of the restaurant and are doing okay…considering. One lane currently closed on SR-6. Additional details and pics to follow.

Wellington Elementary School has been closed because the power in the area will be shut off.

Police say all of the students made it to school safely and will be bused home.

Power, gas and tow companies are assessing the damage caused by the crash.


The business involved is obviously closed, the police department wrote in a Facebook post.


New list of state and local idling regulations can help truckers avoid hefty fines

One Utah town has updated their rules to allow for only one minute of idling with a fine of up to $750.

This week, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released an updated list of state and local idling regulations to help truckers avoid costly fines.

The ATRI’s updated list of idling regulations rules features newly enacted regulations for six cities as well as a complete list of already existing idling regulations.

Two of the most eyebrow-raising new idling regulations include:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin — Five-minute idling limit with limited exemptions, one of which is if the temperature is less than 20ºF or more than 90ºF. Fines for violation can range from $25 to $200.
  2. Sandy City, Utah — One-minute idling limit with limited exemptions. Violators will be given up to three warnings before a citation not exceeding $750 can be issued.

“Even though enforcement tends to vary among jurisdictions, with areas such as California and New York City being more active, the regulations highlight communities that are concerned about emissions from idling vehicles,” explained Mike Tunnell, ATRI’s Director of Environmental Research.

“We urge trucking companies to be aware of these regulations not only to comply and avoid fines but to be good neighbors in the communities in which they operate,” Tunnel added.

You can view the updated list of idling regulations below.

You can visit the ATRI’s website directly to view a more comprehensive version of the list above.

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