Coroner: 3 dead in I-81 crash near Carlisle

(Joshua Vaughn/The Sentinel)

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A crossover crash that closed part of Interstate 81 near Carlisle for more than eight hours has claimed two more lives.

Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall said the drivers who were flown from the crash at the College Street exit died at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Michael Smatlak, 42, of York, was driving a southbound dump truck that crossed the median around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and struck a northbound tractor-trailer head-on. Terry Danner, 61, of West Fairview, was driving a pickup that collided with the dump truck and tractor-trailer, Hall said.

The tractor-trailer driver, 45-year-old James Hawkins Jr. of Bartlett, Tennessee, died at the scene.

Trooper Ed Asbury, a state police spokesman, said the dump truck crossed the median after a front tire blew out for some unknown reason.

I-81 North was closed between the College Street and Hanover Street exits until 11:30 p.m.

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