Sunday, February 20, 2022

Five Injured in Multiple Multi-Vehicle Crashes in Snow Squall on Interstate 81

Five people were injured in multiple crashes on Interstate 81 near the Schuylkill/Luzerne County line on Saturday afternoon in a snow squall.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville, the crashes occurred around 1:00pm in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near mile marker 139.2 as a snow squall passed through.

Troopers say a total of 5 separate crashes occurred.

The initial crash involved 3 commercial vehicles and 10 passenger vehicles.  Four people were reported to have been injured.

Four additional crashes occurred in the back log with 1 other person being injured in those crashes.

All injuries were non-life threatening and ranged from minor to moderate.

Skook News spoke with several victims of the crash.  All of them described that the weather and visibility changed in a matter of seconds at the time of the crash.

State Police at Frackville continue to investigate all 5 crashes.

Interstate 81 northbound was closed for almost 6 hours and reopened just before 7:00pm.

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