UPDATE: Tractor-trailer rollover closes I-81 on-ramp in Luzerne County until further notice

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UPDATE: PennDOT has announced that the ramp will remain closed through the weekend until further notice. A detour is in place.

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A tractor-trailer rollover has shut down an onramp to Interstate 81 in Luzerne County.

According to a release from PennDOT, the Route 315 ramp in Dupont that gets onto Interstate 81 southbound is closed due to an overturned tanker tractor-trailer.

Crews had to dig a trench to funnel the leaking gas at the bottom of the hill. All the grass in the area has to be dug up to at least a foot and removed due to contamination.

According to the Pittston City Fire Chief, the tanker hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline flipped over on the on ramp to Interstate 81. Crews were able to stop the spillage before it got to the storm drains. The driver was taken to hospital for injuries.

Courtesy: 511PA.com

There is currently slow traffic conditions on I-81 in that area. The accident happened around 8:35 a.m. Friday morning. PennDOT says the ramp will remain closed through the weekend until further notice.

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