Ceremony honors women and men who responded to lethal crash on I-81

Leaders in Schuylkill County, and lawmakers from across the state, are recognizing the women and men who responded to final month’s lethal crash on I-81. That pile-up concerned greater than 50 autos and left six folks useless.

The ceremony Tuesday started by remembering the victims of the devastating crash on March 28.

“I’d identical to to pause for a second for a second of silence for individuals who misplaced their lives that morning,” stated Robert Carl, president and CEO of the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce.

However the occasion continued with a presentation of plaques and applause for the primary responders on the scene that day.

“A number of sufferers entrapped, a number of autos on hearth, tractor-trailers, business autos, gasoline vans,” stated Chief Mike Mistishen, with the Goodwill Fireplace Firm in Minersville.

Mistishen organized the sufferer response in the identical Wegmans distribution middle the place on Tuesday he obtained a plaque for his service.

“We had about 100 or so folks right here that we transported, some of us out of right here through ambulance as properly,” stated Mistishen.

They have been taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill.

“You are by no means actually prepared for it till it occurs,” stated Emergency Room Director Kim Horvath.

Horvath stated they modified their operations to accommodate the mass casualty occasion.

“We staged an space particularly for the MCI, and we have been capable of care for these sufferers,” stated Horvath.

First responders remained on scene for a number of days following the crash clearing the wreckage, and Tuesday, nearly a month after the crash, you possibly can see orange boundaries on I-81 as one lane nonetheless stays closed to site visitors. PennDOT is working to mill the street and finally repave it, and on the exit you possibly can see massive autos stationed on the point of full that work.

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However whereas work nonetheless stays, many victims made it house because of the fast response of emergency crews, one thing the county will always remember.

“The best and utmost appreciation and gratitude for our super first responders,” stated Carl.