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School Bus Crash Slows Interstate 81 Traffic

LUZERNE COUNTY -- A crash involving a school bus slowed traffic Thursday on a section of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County.

The wreck happened around 10 a.m. Thursday on I-81 south near the Nuangola exit (159). A school bus crashed into a guard rail after being cut off by a UPS tractor trailer, according to state police.

Kids from the Wilkes-Barre Academy Daycare were on the bus. One child was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Traffic was down to one lane and was backed up for several miles. According to PennDOT, the highway was cleared by 1:30 p.m.

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7 comments

  • Archie Beal

    Commercial vehicles need stricter regulations as to when they can be operated upon the interstates…they need to be shut down and off the interstates between dark and daybreak…they should also be restricted from the interstates during inclimate weather…example when the roads begin to coat with snow…the big trucks come off until the storm has passed and roads cleared …most of these truckers are no good and cause the majority of the crashes by their careless driving behaviors.

  • Secondary roads only

    I’m a truck driver and I say buses should NOT be allowed on interstates. This is no place for a bus! Keep those children safe and OFF the dangerous interstates. I just cringe when I pass a bus or a bus passes me on the big highways. If something goes wrong the trucker will be blamed and lynch mobbed by the schoolboard and the general publiv!

    • TRUCKS ARE NO GOOD

      interstates are dangerous because of you my friend… trucks have zero consideration for anyone else on the road and will switch lanes with total disregard for vehicles around them, they will go 90 mph down hills and 40 mph up hills and just hang out in the left lane while doing so not caring at all about causing traffic issues…. the most dangerous thing on an interstate is someone refusing to get out of the left lane and causing people behind them to have to pass in the right lane… I just don’t understand when there are two trucks next to each other both going 60, why can’t one of you just do 59 for 30 seconds and get behind the other truck in the right lane?? do you get joy out of seeing people lined up behind you knowing you’re making them angry?? please do us all a favor and have a little respect for the other people on the roads, thank you

  • Mark

    This accident is near my home and I have called penn dot in the past about truck drivers pulling over in this section to do there log books before entering the weigh station at the rest area. They pull back out into 65 mph traffic and are the cause of accidents in this area. They need to stop the trucks from pulling over.

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