POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania county coroner says at the very least three individuals died in a collision involving greater than 50 autos that closed a portion of I-81 and despatched greater than a dozen individuals to space hospitals.
Dr. David J. Moylan, the Schuylkill County coroner, stated the search of Monday’s scene hasn’t been accomplished due to the burning autos, however he suspects there could possibly be extra victims.
The crash in northeast Pennsylvania occurred round 10:30 a.m. Monday and John Blickley, the deputy emergency administration coordinator for the company, stated officers consider a snow squall clouded visibility and sure contributed to the accident.
24 individuals have been taken to 4 space hospitals, Blickley stated. State police say there have been an estimated 50 to 60 autos concerned.
PSP say crews have cleared about 40% of the crash scene.
The Southbound lanes have reopened, however the Northbound detour continues. I-81 North is closed from exit 107 to exit 119.
The highway will probably be closed many of the day Tuesday.
Francisco Diaz was driving a semi in the course of the crash.
“I hit the tree with the motive force’s facet and the window shattered and I assume it, all the pieces occurred so quick I do not actually know what occurred, however impulsively I used to be bleeding from right here and right here,” he stated, exhibiting us his injured hand.
He says his accidents are fortunately minor.
Drivers who weren’t taken to the hospital have been taken to a Wegman’s Distribution Facility that was a handy close by location for emergency crews.
State Police say crews are nonetheless working to place out fires with water pumped from an overpass above the freeway. Till they get these out, they will not have the ability to get a full accounting of the harm.
“We’ve got to attend till it is secure for our investigators and the tow operators and everybody else that is serving to us to drag the autos aside and documenting all the pieces as we go,” stated State Police Trooper David Boehm.
The Purple Cross can also be concerned in serving to individuals concerned within the crash.