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Drivers From Big Turnpike Crash Survey The Damage & Their Losses

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Many of the cars involved in that mess are still at the body shop, as drivers wait to hear from their insurance companies. They're wondering how they'll get around to work or to school-- or even the grocery store? When will they get their cars back-- or get a check from their insurance company?

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser has the story.

As Cheryl Hughes retrieved her belongings from her smashed up Honda Civic Monday afternoon, memories of Friday's massive chain reaction crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike were still fresh in her mind.

"I'm just glad to be alive to be honest with you because I didn't know. I got hit twice. I didn't know if I was going to get hit again," she told Fox 29.

Hughes sustained a head injury and went to the hospital. This is what's left of her car. She was one of the first drivers at Rob's Towing where all of the wrecked cars from pile up on the pike were taken after being towed off the turnpike.

"Rob says it's totaled, but I don't know what my insurance company will say," Hughes said.

This is one of three lots holding damaged cars. Insurance agents and car owners spent the day going over the vehicles. Some were processed and towed away for repairs, others are clearly totaled.

"Front end damage, rear end damage, damage on roofs, we had cars that were overturned. Vehicles stuck under tractor trailers," said Kevin Wilson at Rob's Towing.

"You go through the process of cleaning out a vehicle you've had for 10 years and you don't plan on buying another one and having to go purchase a new vehicle," said a dejected Jay Matthews as he cleared out his heavily damaged SUV.

State troopers were also on scene Monday as they continue to investigate what touched off the early morning crash. 87 cars and six tractor trailers were damaged. Troopers are looking at everything from road conditions to speed, wind, sun glare and drivers actions before the crash.

"It was just ice on top of the road. There was no pavement," Matthews said.

The State Police at the King of Prussia barracks said their investigation could take another 14 to 21 days to complete.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority said Friday the roadway was treated by road crews just an hour before the big crash.

The speed limit, which was dropped to 45 mph during Thursday's big snow storm, was increased to the normal speed limit around 6 a.m. Friday morning.

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