I-81 reopens after 6-vehicle crash

A section of Interstate 81 in Cumberland County has reopened following a six-vehicle crash.

I-81 northbound reopened at around 11 a.m., three hours after the incident at mile marker 55.5 in Silver Spring Township.

Trooper Robert Hicks, a state police spokesman, said the crash occurred around 8 a.m. when traffic was slowing for congestion and a driver in the left lane, not realizing traffic was slowing, veered into the right lane.

A dump truck driver attempted to avoid a collision but struck the vehicle and overturned, spilling a load of soil across the roadway.

The crash and spill caused four other vehicles to have a chain-reaction crash.

Two people were taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries, Hicks said.

Both northbound lanes were closed for an hour after the crash, and traffic was directed off the interstate at the New Kingstown and Middlesex exits.

One lane reopened about an hour later.

Southbound traffic in the area was also affected.

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