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I-81 Won’t Reopen Until Wednesday Morning

Part of the road must be reconstructed.

i81 pile up schuylkill county snow squall march 28 2022

State Police say a portion of Interstate 81-North in Schuylkill County won’t reopen until early Wednesday morning.

Public Information Officer David Beohm tweeted Tuesday evening that crews continue to remove the 60 or so vehicles that were entangled during a chain-reaction crash on Monday morning.

Those few dozen vehicles encountered a blinding snow squall and stopped traffic, crashing into one another near Mile Marker 116 in Foster Township, at around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Several vehicles caught on fire in the mayhem on the highway. Those fires likely caused severe damage to the roadway. Beohm says part of the interstate will need construction work done before the road can be reopened.

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The portion of the highway that remains closed is from Exits 107-119.

Police still aren’t confirming how many people lost their lives in that crash Monday, though they have confirmed that “fatalities” happened.

At least 24 people were taken to 4 nearby hospitals after the crash. Other victims who didn’t require hospital treatment were taken to a makeshift triage center.

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