Two hurt in I-81 crash

August 21, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two drivers were seriously injured Wednesday on Interstate 81 in an accident involving a tractor-trailer and a red four-door Volkswagen hatchback.

Pennsylvania State Police did not have details of the 5 p.m. accident by press time.

Emergency workers at the scene, just after Exit 8 in the southbound lane, said the tractor-trailer was heading northbound and crossed over into the southbound lane through the grass median, leaving deep, muddy tracks.

The cause of the accident is unknown.

Ambulances from Fayetteville took both drivers to Chambersburg Hospital.

The truck jackknifed in the southbound lane with the cab facing south and the trailer turned north, knocking over part of a guardrail.


The front end of the car was crushed between the cab and trailer of the truck.

The red and white tractor-trailer, marked Crete Carrier Corp., was hauling lamp shades, according to Max Lenherr, chief of the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co.

A couple of gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck's tank but was stopped by firefighters from Franklin Fire Department, Lenherr said.

Traffic was backed up on the Interstate for miles in both directions and fire police detoured the southbound lane onto Exit 8 at the Chambersburg Mall.

Dave's Truck Repair of Chambersburg towed the vehicles from the scene.

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