Frustrated drivers try to navigate with I-81 shutdowns

Gridlock, stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper traffic on the east and west shores Friday night as drivers tried to navigate multiple closures on Interstate 81.

In Silver Spring Township, a fatal accident closed down the interstate from exits 52 to 57. The accident occurred around 4:00 p.m. and reopened around 9:30 p.m.

Around 5, it was a Friday rush hour unlike any many here have seen.

“It's been terrible. Everywhere you go there's tons of traffic,” Griselle Caceres from Susquehanna Township said.

For some drivers, the key was to get creative and find those less traveled back roads; however that's getting tough to do.

State police admit that getting around nowadays is tough. But the key to dealing with 1-81 is time and patience.

“It's going to be an exercise in patience for people. If you are traveling, expect for there to be delays,” Trooper Rob Hicks said. 

Previously reported on Silver Spring Township I-81 crash:

Interstate 81 has reopened in Cumberland County after a four-vehicle crash that killed one person and seriously injured another Friday night.

The crash involved three tractor trailers and an SUV and occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at Exit 57 for Route 114 in Silver Spring Township.

Officials said a tractor trailer slammed into the SUV in front of it, that SUV then ran into two tractor trailers that were in front of it.

A female passenger in the SUV died. The male driver was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

The coroner is waiting to release the victims' names pending notification of next-of-kin.

The northbound lanes of I-81 were closed at Exit 52A for Route 11 in Middlesex Township. The reopened around 9:30 p.m.

The crash is just two miles south of the Route 581 interchange, where northbound drivers have been detoured off the interstate since Thursday morning's crash of a fuel tanker at the Route 22/322 interchange near Harrisburg.

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