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BULLETIN: Nov. 17, 2015 — An outside occurrence delays a championship berth

A tractor-trailer sideswiped the middle barrier of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Downingtown and Morgantown exits on the westbound side around 5 p.m. this afternoon, according to reports.

The resulting fire killed the driver and started a conflagration that closed the turnpike in both directions, and resulted in a miles-long backup which snarled the Downingtown (Pa.) West field hockey team as it traveled to suburban Reading for a PIAA Class AAA semifinal match against Palmyra (Pa.).

After a lengthy delay, it was decided that the game would be played Wednesday. It is the first time in recent memory that an external event other than weather caused the postponement of a PIAA field hockey tournament game.

The winner of Wednesday’s makeup match is to take on Emmaus (Pa.), a 2-1 victory over Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.).

Media reports have indicated that parts of the Turnpike may have to undergo emergency reconstruction because of the intensity of the fire. It is not known what the tractor-trailer was carrying or how much fuel was on board.

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