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Holiday weekend backup one of worst ever for Mass. Pike

Marsha Epstein has been traveling from one end of the state to the other on the Massachusetts Turnpike since 1966, but she’s never seen a traffic jam like the 45-mile backup on Friday night.

“It was unbelievable,” said Epstein, 64, of Newton. She and her husband set off for Philadelphia to visit their grandson at around 3:30 — plenty of time, they thought, to beat the traffic. Instead, they found themselves sitting in gridlock for 2½ hours before they even reached their exit toward New York. “It’s amazing our marriage was still intact,” she said with a laugh.

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