Three Hurt in Wrong-way Crash on I-81

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- State police say a wrong-way driver caused a head-on crash on Interstate 81.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of I-81 just south of Wilkes-Barre around 5 p.m. Sunday, backing up traffic for miles in Luzerne County.

Troopers say a man in his 70s was going south in the northbound lanes for about two miles. One vehicle swerved to avoid him, but the wrong-way driver hit another vehicle head on.

The wrong-way driver as well as the driver and a passenger in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital.

State police said the wrong-way driver faces several traffic citations.

The interstate was back open about an hour later.


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