Father and Son Killed in Crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County

SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A father and son were killed in a crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County.

According to PennDOT, the crash happened in the northbound lanes near the Fleetville exit (202) around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A family from Canada was traveling on Interstate 81 northbound when their vehicle was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer.

According to investigators, the big rig did not stop in time and hit the car which was stopped in traffic from an earlier crash.

It happened in Scott Township near the Susquehanna County line.

The Lackawanna County coroner says a 45-year-old father and his 10-year-old son were killed.

Officials say a mother and daughter in the car were taken to the hospital.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was also taken to the hospital. There is no word on that person's condition.

The crash closed both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 for five hours.

State police took photographs from above the wreck and took markings by a tractor-trailer involved.

Crews brought in heavy equipment to help clear the mangled metal off the highway.

The southbound lanes in that area moved slowly.


  • Ashley Walker

    I used to work with truck drivers when I worked in logistics. They have ridiculous deadlines and their dispatchers work them over their hrs. This guy and his dispatch should be investigated. They always cut corners and alot of them do things half assed. But I also met very responsible truck drivers and dispatchers. Alot of drivers do go entirely too fast because of their deadline that is given to them. If they don’t meet the deadline they sometimes dont get paid. There’s so many factors involved usually. Someone needs to be held responsible for that poor family. How tragic!

  • Parum Nuntius

    Was this driver distracted by a cell phone or watching TV? I worked in the trucking industry for several years in the HR department and viewed first hand as the bottom of the barrel got hired. Many of these drivers are miserably inadequate and concerned with getting their 40 tons of goods to the destination fast, without regard to safety. 40 tons and an idiot behind the wheel!

    • Ashley Walker

      Yes, I also worked around truck drivers in logistics. Alot of dispatchers let their driver drive over their hours. Their tired, they are usually on the phone with their dispatch or customer service at their next destination. Too many people get hurt or die because of the dispatchers making their drivers over tired and stressed out. But alot were also very good guys that were very responsible and didn’t/wouldn’t go over their hours. There could have been multiple factors why this happened. Very sad.

  • Ashley Walker

    That poor family……. The driver should be charged with something. The wife and daughter will be going back home to Canada without the father and son. Very heartbreaking.

  • donny hud43987

    This truck driver needs to be in jail, and a major Lawsuit against the company and him!!!! Vehicular homicide!!!! Prayers for the family who lost their lives due to ANOTHER careless truck driver!!! SLOW DOWN TRUCKERS!!!!!

  • donny hud43987

    HE COULDN’T STOP IN TIME BECAUSE HE WAS LIKE EVERYONE OF THEM,,, GOING WAY TOO FAST… SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE IMMEDIATELY!!! These truck drivers are careless and dangerous!!!!!! EVERY day a truck causing chaos!! And death!!! CONSTANTLY!!!!!

  • donny hud43987

    ANOTHER TRUCK!!!! THIS TIME TWO PEOPLE DIED!!!!!!! OUT OF CONTROL THESE GD TRUCK DRIVERS ARE, CONSTANTLY!!!! They all need to be drug tested on a weekly basis, i myself was a victim of a 18 wheeler by mile mark, 185 northbound a few years ago!! A TRUCK HIT ME ,, AND KEPT GOIN!! NO RESPECT FOR THESE ignorant @#$&#@

  • jimbrony

    Any CDL holder that is found guilty of negligence in a fatal accident should have their commercial privileges suspended for life. Lots of good, safe, courteous truck drivers out there – unfortunately, there’s also too many cowboys behind the wheel. Cops need to start nailing speeders more too, cars and trucks.

  • catman5308@yahoo.com

    gee what a surprise, speeding truck unchecked by the state police causes a deadly accident, condolences to the family, and jail for the trucker, and who ever is in charge of the state police in this area for not patrolling and upholding the vehicle and traffic laws, they are just as responsible for the deaths

  • Sally

    I live off that exit and it’s a very bad driving area. So many accidents and issues never fixed. Very scary.

  • lickerblisters

    I knew at least one would happen on that stretch this holiday. The 55 mph speed limit through there means nothing to nobody! The cops don’t even seem to care.

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