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Monday
Dec092013

Motorists Stranded for Hours After Fatal 50-Car Pile-Up in Pa.

Image Source Pink/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A 50-car pile-up in Pennsylvania Sunday left one driver dead and dozens of motorists stranded on the state turnpike for hours in the middle of a major snowstorm.

State police said late Sunday afternoon that the 50 cars that were involved in the accident had been pulled over to the shoulder and they estimated plow and salt trucks would be able to clear the area by evening.

According to ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, the motorist who died in the collisions was killed when he got out of the car and was hit by another car.

The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. near Morgantown, Pa.

Bobbi Lupkin, 57, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was on her way home around noon Sunday when traffic suddenly slowed to a stop, she told ABC News. (Lupkin is mother of ABCNews.com health reporter Sydney Lupkin.) More than four hours later, she was still sitting in her car with no way to get off the highway.

"The truth of the matter is nobody is doing a thing for us," she said. 

A few of those stranded decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

Two brothers -- Josh Lobach, 21, and Andrew Lobach, 22 -- were hand-delivering pizza slices to hungry drivers, charging $5 a slice.

The brothers were returning to college in South Carolina, when they got caught in the traffic jam around 2 p.m. Since they were hungry, the brothers decided to order a pizza and after realizing how many other cars were stranded they ordered a little extra.

The brothers managed to get two pizzas delivered to the nearest overpass.

"It took some convincing," Andrew, a college sophomore, told ABC News.

When the brothers realized they had extra slices, they figured they could make a little extra money by selling slices to other stranded motorists. The brothers were so successful they ordered four more pizzas.

"We had a lot of thumbs up even when they weren't buying," Andrew said. The brothers also delivered water bottles to thirsty families for free.

In spite of the weather and traffic jam, Andrew said after nearly five hours of being stuck on the road, most motorists were in good spirits and staying warm by cycling their engines on and off.

Lupkin said some drivers were frustrated by the lack of information, but that other families had been making the most of it. Two girls from a nearby car took a break to play in the snow for half an hour.

Lupkin said she finally started to inch forward at around 5:45 p.m.  When she passed the accident, she saw dozens of cars facing "every which way."

"If I was 15 minutes earlier, I would have been in the middle of that," she said.  "I feel blessed.  Sitting for five hours is one thing.  To be in that mess...that's pretty scary.  I feel very lucky."

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, an icy roadway in Yonkers, N.Y., led to a 20-car pile up Sunday night that sent about 40 people to the hospital. No one was said to have had any life-threatening injuries.

Near Milwaukee, a 30-car crash injured dozens, shutting down Interstate 94. And in Greenwich, Conn., about 27 vehicles were involved in an accident that left six people injured.

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