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Northbound I-81 reopens after crash

April 15, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Both lanes of northbound Interstate 81 in Franklin County were again open by 2:15 a.m. Thursday after a tractor-trailer accident at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday affected traffic throughout the day and night.

The interstate was closed from exit 16 (Lincoln Way) to exit 20 (Pa. 997/Black Gap Road), causing a miles-long traffic backup, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

Wayne Lloyd Webb Jr., 46, of Bowie, Texas, was driving a FedEx tractor-trailer south when he traveled off the roadway, went across the median and struck a concrete barrier on the west side of the northbound lanes, police said. The vehicle came to rest in the northbound lane facing west and blocking both of the northbound lanes, according to the release.

The accident occurred near the 18-mile marker in Greene Township.

Webb was thrown from the vehicle and was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, police said. A passenger in the vehicle, Neil Alan Maxwell, 41, of Weatherford, Texas, also was taken to Washington County Hospital. Both were treated for minor injuries, police said.

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Northbound traffic was being routed off I-81 at exit 16 onto U.S. 30 and then U.S. 11, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Exit 17 northbound was also closed, police said.

The accident occurred in a construction zone, police said. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has several ongoing bridge projects in Franklin County, including an $8.4 million effort to replace a 45-year-old bridge at Exit 20.

At 2:15 p.m., traffic was backed up to the 8-mile marker northbound.

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