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Fatal Crash Closes Interstate 81 for Nine Hours
   posted 6:25 am Wed August 22, 2007 - Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County
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Interstate 81 reopened at the scene of a deadly tractor-trailer crash early Wednesday morning, some nine hours after the cargo of the big rig went off an overpass at the 81/83 split and killed a driver below.

The crash occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m. Tuesday as the truck driver was traveling from Interstate 81 to Interstate 83. Police say when the driver went into the curve of the ramp, the truck rolled onto its side.

The trailer split open as it landed on the concrete barrier, and large packages it was hauling spilled onto the road below. One of the packages landed in the passenger compartment of a van going from Interstate 83 to Interstate 81.

One person in the van was killed. Another person in a second vehicle struck by the debris sustained minor injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police are still trying to determine the factors leading up to the crash. "We'll do our reconstruction and figure out from there whether speed was a factor and if it was a shifting load, whether it was the roadway being wet, "said Trooper Karl Schmidhamer. "We'll do our investigation and decide what factor was the cause of the accident." Police have not released the name of the person who was killed. The driver of the tractor-trailer was able to walk away.

Interstate 81 reopened at the 83 split at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning.

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