Friday, November 18, 2022

State Police Release Details on Crash that Closed Interstate 81 Tuesday Evening

The Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville have released details on the crash that closed Interstate 81 southbound Tuesday evening during the wintry weather.

According to Troopers, the crash occurred around 7:20pm on Interstate 81 southbound near mile marker 107.6 in Frailey Township.

Police say John Ridley, 64, of Wilkes Barre was traveling south in a tractor trailer when he lost control on the left curve and became jack knifed across both southbound lanes.

A second tractor trailer, driven by Sava Cejic, 54, of Johnson City, NY, came upon the jack knife truck and was unable to stop, travelled into the median impacting a guide rail and the rear of the other trailer.

Both drivers were not injured but their trucks sustained disabling damage.

The southbound lanes of the Interstate were closed until 2:45am, Wednesday.

Assisting at the scene were Trail Towing, Donaldson Fire Company, Tremont Fire Company, and PennDOT.