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HIGHSPIRE, Pa. (CBS) —  The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today announced that it has launched a two-phase review of its response to an incident that occurred during an epic blizzard over the weekend resulting in hundreds of travelers being stranded for 24 hours, including the Temple University women’s gymnastics team.

“Given the magnitude of this event, we unquestionably need to examine the response and decision-making process undertaken,” said PA Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan of Monroeville. “We owe that to the public and especially those who were greatly inconvenienced by being stranded for many hours on our system.”

The first phase of the review is the information-gathering phase. Officials say it involves collecting data for a timeline of the response and traffic-management decisions and the actions taken such as lowering the speed limit, banning trucks and detouring traffic off the highway. This initial phase is expected to be concluded in about a week.


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