Big Rig Rollover Closes Part of Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County

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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A big rig wreck could tie up traffic in Lackawanna County.

Officials say the truck tipped over on Interstate 81 south near the Clarks Summit exit early Thursday morning.

Crews had to rappel down the hill to get the driver out.

Interstate 81 is down to one lane while crews clean up here in Lackawanna County.

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  • Jean Ward

    If we did not have truck drivers ,there would be no food in our stores, because that’s how people get to buy their food to feed their families. I did notice after driving all these years,that cars cause enough of these rig accidents by cutting in lanes too quickly. A rig needs to slow down slowly they just don’t stop because people are stupid !!!

    • Dave Theobald

      We do get drug screening!! 99% of us are professionals. Most truck crashes are caused by 4 wheel vehicles.

      • jimbrony

        You wish. ‘Most?’ Cite your source. Your ‘1%’ must be highly concentrated in the NEPA area then…

  • jimbrony

    If airline pilots crashed as often as these cowboys do there wouldn’t many planes left. Maybe they should have specialized training for big rig drivers, make them get a special license or something. The State Police should do random checks on them too, just to make sure they’re following their rules and their trucks are safe to be on the road. 🙄

    • peatermoss

      Like I said before
      Just Put the word Truck in the headline.
      I see no comments were made about the 1 AM incident.
      Well here it is.

      It happened on Interstate 81 north near the Nuangola exit just after 1 a.m. on Thursday.

      Authorities say the driver of the car tried to change lanes and ended up under the truck.
      Good thing it wasn’t another house.

      • jimbrony

        So where does that article imply fault of the car driver? All it says is they tried to change lanes. My guess is the truck was doing well over the speed limit (like they usually do) and failed to maintain a safe following distance.

      • peatermoss

        TSK TSK, aren’t we Jumping to conclusions.
        Looks like that 4 letter word that begins with S, isn’t the only thing that draws flys, now it’s Truck.

  • lickerblisters

    I awoke this morning and the first story I read is about a semi crash that once again closes I 81. Imagine that! Fine this guy so hard he wishes he never obtained a CDL!

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