Crash on Interstate 80 kills two
LOCK HAVEN — Two people are dead following a crash involving dozens of vehicles on an interstate in Greene Township, according Pennsylvania State Police.
State police said the crash was reported Wednesday afternoon in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Clinton County between the Loganton and Lock Haven exits.
Police say that preliminary counts indicate that 66 total vehicles, including 55 commercial vehicles and 11 passenger vehicles were involved in multiple crashes over the one-mile span.
One person died in the crash and a second person died from a medical condition in one of the vehicles stuck in traffic, according to PennLive.
Both lanes were closed for a significant amount of time from the Interstate 180 interchange in Northumberland County to the 178/Lock Haven interchange in Clinton County due to the multi-vehicle accident in Clinton County, according to a PennDOT spokesperson.
Traffic was being detoured at the I-180 interchange and directed to follow Interstate 180 west and state Route 220 south.
Fire companies and emergency responders from Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Union counties responded to the scene. The initial call went out around 3 p.m., according to a news release from state police.
Police issued a reminder to people to “please stay home and do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary.”
Police say that heavy duty contractors are still on scene removing vehicles.
Interstate 80 eastbound reopened Thursday afternoon to traffic while the westbound lanes remained closed, according to PennDOT officials.
PennLive.com reports that the crash occurred not far from the site of a 58-vehicle crash a year ago Friday in a snow squall in which two people were killed.
The National Weather Service shortly after noon Wednesday issued a winter storm warning telling people in northern Pennsylvania to expect heavy snow with accumulations of 10 to 22 inches “with the highest amounts east of a line from State College to Lock Haven and Wellsboro.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)