Interstate 81 back open after crash in Susquehanna County


UPDATE: According to PennDOT, the crash scene was cleared and the road was re-opened around 3:00pm.

LENOX, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Interstate 81 South was shut down near Exit 211 for hours but the interstate recently re-opened to one lane around 10:30.

Early Wednesday morning, a tractor-trailer ripped through a guard rail near Exit 211 in Susquehanna County, leaving it flipped on its side. The driver of the 18-wheeler had to be cut from the cab and was then taken to the hospital.

Traffic in Lenox is being detoured off of Interstate 81 southbound at exit 211.

Ed Kozlowski of Kozlowski Towing & Repair describes what he saw. “The tractor is completely tore apart. The cab was off it, frame was off it, rear end and front axle were off it. And you can see the top of the trailer is ripped in half.”

The truck was carrying loads of apple sauce and lemon juice, among other things. These products were scattered across the highway, leaving a big mess. 

“What we’re doing is put all of this in containers, this will eventually go to the landfill after the company verifies that it’s all garbage.” Stated Kozlowski.

This section of Interstate 81 has been a site for accidents in the past. 

“When you come around this bend if you drove this road yourself you’ll see it’s a pretty sharp bend. People fall asleep, people get off the side of the road, it’s unforgiving.” Kozlowski told Eyewitness News. 

The accident backed up traffic for miles as drivers were detoured off the highway during their morning commute.

“Right here you can jump on and jump off but if you’re not from this area you wouldn’t know you can get back on on the other side.” Stated Justine Lydon of Clarks Summit who was stuck in the back-up. 

There is no word on the condition of the driver of the 18-wheeler at this time. 

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