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EMERGENCY CELLULAR PHONE SERVICE NOW COVERS ENTIRE TURNPIKE

 EMERGENCY CELLULAR PHONE SERVICE NOW COVERS ENTIRE TURNPIKE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular phone users traveling over the mountainous sections of the turnpike in Western Pennsylvania can now dial "star-1-1" for emergency assistance, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced today.
 The toll-free hotline number has been available over most of the turnpike since July 1990. However, until recently, the 78-mile stretch between the Kittatinny and Allegheny tunnels was not covered by cellular phone service.
 According to Christopher E. Rietmann of Cellular One in Chambersburg, the company has installed a cellular telephone system to serve Bedford, Fulton and Franklin counties. This system will provide service to sections of the turnpike not previously covered by cellular service.
 Cellular One, along with other cellular carriers along the 470-mile roadway, is cooperating with the turnpike to make the free "star-1-1" number available. The cost is being absorbed by eight cellular phone companies and the turnpike as a public service to help promote safety on the toll road.
 Calls to the number go directly to dispatchers and State Police on 24-hour duty in the turnpike's Communication Center in Harrisburg. The center then dispatches the nearest appropriate emergency personnel to the scene.
 Because motorists using "star-1-1" are able to provide detailed reports of accidents or incidents along the turnpike, the time it takes for emergency service to reach an accident is shortened. This cellular phone notification system not only reduces the time a motorist must wait for help to arrive, but it also relieves resulting traffic backlogs.
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 /CONTACT: Sally Grant Branca of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 717-939-9551/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Cellular One ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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