Interstate 80 Pile Up in Central PA Leaves Two Dead, 30 More Injured

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UPDATE: According to PA State Police two people have died as a result of a 60 car pile up on Interstate 80 in White Deer Township, Union County.

Police say approximately 60 vehicles were traveling in the west bound lane of the interstate when a snow squall came through the area limiting visibility for drivers.

As a result of a chain reaction crash, 53-year-old Edward Posavec of Hatfield, Pennsylvania and 58-year-old Marek Szczepanczyk of Sterling Heights, Michigan, died from their injuries.

An additional 30 people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

The interstate is expected to re-open around noon.

UPDATE: 9:30 AM Update: Westbound I-80 remains closed in Union County. Several wreckers are continuing to remove crashed vehicles and the expected reopen time remains 12:00 PM today.

UPDATE: One person is dead and over 30 injured in a multi-vehicle pileup on I-80 in central Pennsylvania Wednesday.

The crash happened in Union County, closing both directions of the highway. The snow squalls across our region made a dangerous commute for some along Interstate 80, closing the roads.

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4:15 PM Update: Interstate 80 remains closed between Interstate 180 in Northumberland County and Exit 178 (Lock Haven) in Clinton County due to multiple crashes as a result of a snow squall with whiteout conditions. A detour using Route 220 and Interstate 180 is in effect.

LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that I-80 is closed in both directions between the 178/220 North/Lock Haven exit in Clinton County and the 212B/I-180 West/Williamsport exit in Northumberland County due to a multiple vehicle crash.

Eastbound traffic heading toward Williamsport is being directed off I-80 at exit 178 and will follow a detour using Route 220 to I-180 before reconnecting with Interstate 80 at the Williamsport interchange.

Westbound traffic heading toward Lock Haven is being directed off I-80 at the 212B/I-180 West/Williamsport exit and will follow a detour using I-180 to Route 220 before reconnecting with I-80 at Williamsport.

This closure is expected to be in effect for several hours. PennDOT will issue an update when the closure has been lifted.

PennDOT thanks drivers for their patience during this closure and reminds motorists to use caution during winter weather and drive according to road and weather conditions.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.

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