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Tractor-trailer accident closes southbound I-81 for hours

April 10, 2012
  • A tractor-trailer carrying rolls of newsprint paper overturned late Tuesday morning on southbound Interstate 81 near Chambersburg, Pa., blocking traffic for several hours.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Chambersburg were shut down for about four hours Tuesday after a tractor-trailer overturned, blocking both lanes of traffic, a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said the lanes were closed north of exit 14, which is the Pa. 316/Wayne Avenue exit, following the 11:04 a.m. accident.

No one was injured in the crash, Pennsylvania State Police said at the scene.

The trailer’s cargo, rolls of newsprint paper, was unloaded and placed on a flatbed truck, police said.

By 2:50 p.m., the tractor-trailer had been pulled upright and was towed from the scene.

The southbound lanes had reopened by 3:15 p.m., according to Franklin County Emergency Services.

While the lane closures were in effect, southbound I-81 traffic was detoured onto U.S. 30 at exit 16.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation cameras showed southbound I-81 traffic backed up beyond exit 17 (Walker Road) in Chambersburg.

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Because of traffic tie-ups, there was a possibility that Chambersburg Area School District buses could be late dropping off students, district spokeswoman Cathy Dusman said.

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