WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A fast moving winter storm left interstate highways and roadways a mess Thursday morning, with multiple accidents delaying much of the morning commute.
On Interstate 80 in Union County, 58 year old William Piktel was killed when his tractor trailer crashed into another semi just after midnight in White Deer Township, roughly ten miles before the eastbound intersection with Route 15. The Interstate was re-opened about 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
Eastbound traffic was closed throughout the morning as state Police investigated the crash, hampered with increasing amounts of falling snow.
Further east, westbound Interstate 80 was shutdown just before 10:30 am when several vehicles collided in snowy conditions. The State Police announced the closure of the interstate westbound from the I-380 interchange west to the junction with State Route 115 near Lake Harmony.
No estimate of when the sections of interstate would reopen has been given.
Generally, PennDOT has reduced speed limits on all Interstates and expressways to 45 mph starting at 9 a.m. until further notice.