Travel Advisory

CONTACT: Renee Vid Colborn
Phone: 717.831.7507
February 3, 2016

Pa. Turnpike Closed Eastbound Between Lebanon-Lancaster and Reading
Transfer of cattle from damaged commercial vehicle forcing emergency closure.

A 20-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange (Exit #266) and the Reading Interchange (#286) is closed eastbound so crews can safely transfer a load of cattle from a damaged trailer into a replacement trailer for transportation.

The accident happened this morning around 10 a.m. when a tractor trailer caught fire at milepost 282 eastbound. One cow died, one ran off Turnpike property and approximately 33 more were saved while on the trailer. A replacement trailer has been brought in to transport the cattle, but the road needs to be closed to safely transfer the cattle. The closure is expected to take up to two hours.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists: Exit at Lebanon-Lancaster (#266) take State Route 72 north to Route 322 east to U.S. Route 222 north and reenter at the Reading Interchange (#286).

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers at the Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during the closure.

Turnpike motorists can get up-to-date travel conditions by calling 866-976-TRIP (8747) or by visiting the Interactive Travel Map at The Pa. Turnpike’s smartphone app, “TRIP Talk,” streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users. To download the free app, visit