Tractor-trailer accident closes part of I-81

July 26, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- The northbound lanes on Interstate 81 near exit 2 were closed for about two hours Sunday afternoon and evening following a crash involving two tractor-trailers, according to a Maryland State Police spokesman.

The 4:16 p.m. wreck occurred when traffic on the interstate was slowing down because of a storm, said Trooper S. Bussard.

A tractor-trailer approaching the slower traffic could not stop in time, and the rear of the truck jackknifed and struck the rear of another tractor-trailer, Bussard said.

The truck that jackknifed went into the median, Bussard said.

The truck's flat-bed trailer was carrying vinyl siding, and when the load began shifting, it broke straps on the trailer, causing siding to fall off, Bussard said.


No one was hurt, officials said.

There were several other accidents in the area about the same time, including one in which a third tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the crash involving the two tractor-trailers, Bussard said.

That tractor-trailer went off the slow lane, although workers with a towing company were able to get the truck out of the spot where it came to rest, Bussard said.

"We had a real deal going on there for a little bit," Bussard said.

The northbound lanes reopened at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, according to a 911 dispatcher.

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