Icy Interstate to Blame for Pileup in Susquehanna County

NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Tractor trailers and cars wrecked and guide rails destroyed after two overnight crashes blamed on icy roads, even a PennDOT plow truck involved.

Fire crews said some people were taken to the hospital to be checked out, but no one was seriously injured.

“I am OK. Thank God, I am OK!” said one man who was driving a tractor-trailer and witnessed the crashes.

State police said around 12:30 a.m. came the first wreck on Interstate 81 North just past the New Milford exit in Susquehanna County.

Five tractor trailers and two cars lost control, piling up.

“He just bumped into the truck. Boom! I heard a sound. It just happened right in front of my eyes!” said Kathy Chen of New York City.

Just a few moments after the first pileup, came the second crash at the same spot, as 2 tractor trailers and the plow truck were unable to stop.

"I come around that curve over there and I noticed a tractor-trailer all the way across the road and I tried to slow down and I just started sliding. I took out this guide rail,” said Eddie Villa, who was driving a rig and crashed.

Because of the icy roadway, the speed limit at the time of the crashes was 45 miles per hour and certain commercial trucks like rigs hauling empty trailers were banned.

State police say none of the trucks involved in the wrecks were empty.

“There’s no place else I can go. I got stuck here,” said Chen.

As crews investigated and cleaned up, the interstate northbound and one lane southbound were closed for hours, trapping some drivers. The wrecks were cleared and the highway reopened around noon.

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  • ALBERTCOHOL

    ALBERTCOHOL

    I guess the Penn Dot Truck was going too fast too then.

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    JANUARY 8, 2019 AT 6:17 AM

    LICKERBLISTERS

    Come on Al, when was the last time you ever seen a PennDOT truck going “too fast?!” Not in my lifetime!

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    JANUARY 8, 2019 AT 6:35 AM

  • ALBERTCOHOL

    ALBERTCOHOL

    Jimbrony just can’t help himself

    ALBERTCOHOL

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    Jimbrony strikes again
    ALBERTCOHOL

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    This storm system that they were tracking started on Sunday, Penn Dot had plenty of time to have truck and equipment ready, like laying down antiskid or pine

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    LICKERBLISTERS

    Yup, just can’t ever slow down.

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  • ALBERTCOHOL

    ALBERTCOHOL

    Jimbrony just can’t help himself

    ALBERTCOHOL

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    Jimbrony strikes again
    ALBERTCOHOL

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This storm system that they were tracking started on Sunday, Penn Dot had plenty of time to have truck and equipment ready, like laying down antiskid or pine

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  • albertcohol

    Jimbrony just can’t help himself

    ALBERTCOHOL

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    Jimbrony strikes again
    ALBERTCOHOL

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This storm system that they were tracking started on Sunday, Penn Dot had plenty of time to have truck and equipment ready, like laying down antiskid or pine

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