Tractor-trailer crashes onto side, spills steel coils onto Parkway East inbound

PITTSBURGH — A stretch of the Parkway East inbound was completely closed for several hours Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer overturned, sending steel coils onto the roadway.

The crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. between Forest Hills and Edgewood/Swissvale.

In addition to spilling coils, the truck hit the Jersey barrier.

All inbound lanes were blocked from Wilkinsburg (Exit 78B) to Edgewood/Swissvale (Exit 77). One lane reopened about 8:45 a.m. An outbound lane restriction was lifted.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had to close lanes again later in the day to allow crews to continue cleanup. All reopened around 1 p.m.

Traffic quickly started backing up after the tractor-trailer rolled onto its side. To avoid the backlog, drivers could detour to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and onto Route 28.