WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) –
UPDATE: According to Pennsylvania State Police, five of the people involved in the crash have been released from the hospital. The other five still remain in hospital care, in various conditions. The crash is still under an active investigation.
A horrific scene interrupts the start of the holiday travel season in Wilkes-Barre township, Luzerne County.
Just before 3:00 Sunday afternoon, an SUV heading south on interstate 81 lost control, rolling several times around the 167 mile marker.
Ten people, including children were in the vehicle. Multiple passengers were ejected.
State police say three adults, 40-year-old man and two females in their late 20’s, and seven kids ranging in age from two to 14, were all taken to area hospitals.
One patient was eventually flown by helicopter to Geisinger Danville for treatment of their injuries.
The crash closed both southbound lanes of the interstate for a few hours, backing up traffic for miles in both directions.
We don’t have an update on the conditions of the people involved but we have been told that there were no initial fatalities.
State police are investigating and say they may release more information later this week.
We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.