CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Interstate 80 Westbound in Clarion County has re-opened following an 18-vehicle accident that left two people dead.
Photos courtesy Bauer Truck Repair.
Police say the accident happened around 2:00 p.m. near mile marker 65.
Two lives were lost as a result of the crash, and both fatalities occurred after the victims exited their vehicles, according to police.
Clarion County Office of Emergency Services says approximately 30 people were injured in the accident.
Officials say the following vehicles were involved in the accident:
-9 Tractor Trailers
-9 Personal Vehicles
Included in the 9 Tractor Trailers listed above are the following:
-1 Tanker no placard, not leaking
-2 Empty Tractor Trailers
-1 UPS double Trailer with unknown Haz-Mat material not leaking
-5 Other Tractor trailers unknown cargo
Interstate 80 was closed for over 10 hours as a result of the accident.
Traffic was detoured off of I-80 Westbound at Exit 70 – Strattanville to SR 322 West to Clarion.
The accident appears to be weather-related. PennDOT issued an alert earlier today urging motorists to be cautious during a dangerous snow squall.
Clarion State Police, Clarion Fire Department, Emlenton EMS, Jefferson County EMS, Strattanville Fire Department, Clarion Co. EMA, Clarion EMS, Southern Clarion EMS, DEP, Penn-Dot are on the scene.
Police have not yet released the identities of the crash victims.
Additional details will be provided as soon as they become available.