Traffic nightmare on I-78, drivers fall asleep after 12 hour delays

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Traffic nightmare on I-78. Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News Mornings on November 16, 2018.

The wintry weather has caused a traffic nightmare on a 30 mile stretch of I-78 in the Lehigh Valley.

Vehicles, a majority being tractor-trailers, have been in a standstill at various spots along the roadway from the New Jersey State Line to Route 100.

Some drivers have been stuck in the traffic for 12 hours - since Thursday afternoon. Conditions began improving toward the early morning hours on Friday.

Police drove on the opposite side of I-78, honking their horns, to wake up drivers who fell asleep in their trucks.

"Drivers, wake up! Traffic's moving!" police shouted to drivers.

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Action Cam Video: Police wake up drivers stuck on I-78 on November 16, 2018.



A viewer video sent into Action News showed a solid line of cars on I-78 near Route 33 around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Some drivers ran out of gas waiting for traffic to begin moving.

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State troopers waking up drivers on I-78. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News Mornings on November 16, 2018.


While traffic began to move on I-78 in Fogelsville, Mother Nature was not done with the wintry weather.

As Action News reporter Jeannette Reyes was speaking about the traffic conditions, a round of thundersnow hit the area. Action News quickly stopped the live report, until it was safe again for the news van to operate.

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Thundersnow during Jeannette Reye's report on Action News Mornings on November 16, 2018.

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