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Common sense lost in turnpike tie-up

Tribune-Review
| Monday, February 8, 2016 9:00 p.m.

People should take responsibility for their actions. Yet, no one who was stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the recent severe snowstorm seems to want to do that. Most people have blamed the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for this debacle. But snow falling at a rate of two inches and hour makes it difficult — probably impossible — to keep a road clean.

People who chose to drive in this weather did not consider the lives of the snow-plow drivers or the lives of any first responders coming to their aid when the traffic jam occurred. The mistake the commission made was in not closing the turnpike at the beginning of the storm. These same drivers would no doubt have tried other roads and we would have read about traffic tie-ups on these routes. Had drivers stayed home during the storm, no one would have been stranded.

Mary Ann Mogus

Greensburg

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