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Deadly Crash Stopped Traffic on I-81 in Lackawanna County

SCRANTON — A deadly crash tied up traffic on Interstate 81 South in Scranton for several hours Monday evening.

Authorities said Margo Benipayo, 58, of Ontario, Canada was a passenger in the car and was killed. The driver, Vilko Raitmaier, 61, also of Ontario Canada and another passenger, Nina Bolanos, 55, from California had to be taken to the hospital.

The car they were in slammed into an embankment between the Main Avenue and Dickson City exits in the construction zone on I-81 around 5:30 p.m.

Authorities had to shut down both lanes of I-81 South for several hours.


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