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UPDATE: Tractor-Trailer Crash Closes Interstate 81

6:00 a.m. UPDATE: Northbound lanes are now open, according to PennDOT.

5:30 a.m. UPDATE: Southbound lanes on Interstate 81 are now open. North lanes remain closed.

SCRANTON — An overnight fuel spill closed Interstate 81 in both directions in Lackawanna County.

Crews tell Newswatch 16 a tractor-trailer crashed Friday morning around 1 a.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 191.  I-81 is closed in both directions between the Clarks Summit interchange and North Scranton interchange.

No one was hurt in the wreck but the truck’s diesel fuel spilled on the highway.  I-81 is closed to give crews space to clean the spilled fuel.

Authorities set up detours to move traffic off the highway.  They encourage drivers to find a different route until the interstate reopens.  Troopers said the closure could remain in place for several hours.

Stay tuned to WNEP and wnep.com for the latest.


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