Wednesday, March 30, 2022

UPDATE: Six People Die, 80 Vehicles Involved in Interstate 81 Pile Up in Schuylkill County

The Pennsylvania State Police sent out an update on Wednesday morning in regards to Monday's large crash on Interstate 81.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, 6 people died in the crash.  The identities of victims have not been released yet pending notification to their families.

Police said the crash occurred around 10:36am, Monday, in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 at mile marker 116 in Foster Township during an active snow squall.  The crash involve 39 Commercial Vehicles and 41 Passenger Vehicles.

A total of 24 people were injured in the crash and transported to four different hospitals.

Those injured that were able to self extricate themselves from their vehicles were taken by Schuylkill Transportation Services buses to Wegman's Distribution Center where they were triaged.

If they did not need medical attention, they were taken to a reunification center at the Goodwill Fire Company in Minersville.

Interstate 81 northbound had remained closed since the crash until 12:30am, Wednesday morning, when all lanes reopened.