Interstate 80 west of Route 15 closed in both directions due to multiple accidents
By JOHN BEAUGE
WEST MILTON – Interstate 80 west of Route 15 in Union County is closed on both directions due to multiple accidents with injuries involving more than 20 vehicles.
The crashes, the first of which was reported at 1:11 p.m. Wednesday, occurred during snow squalls that reduced visibility and made the roadway slippery.
Tractor-trailer trucks and cars were involved and there was entrapment, according to Union County emergency services. Emergency personnel from several counties were dispatched.
Westbound I-80 traffic is being detoured via Interstate 180 through Williamsport and then Route 220 back to I-80 at the Lock Haven interchange. Eastbound traffic is being detoured in the opposite direction.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation projects I-80 will be closed for several hours.
The National Weather Service had warned small bands of snow showers would persist across much of central Pennsylvania during the afternoon causing poor visibility.
Those traveling should be alert for a wide range of conditions and slow down in areas of adverse conditions, the agency said.