Death toll climbs to 6 in I-81 crash during snow squall

Written by on March 30, 2022

Death toll climbs to 6 in I-81 crash during snow squall

By The Associated Press
March 30, 2022

State police say a deadly pileup involving 80 vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate during a snow squall killed six people.

Police at the Frackville station said Wednesday morning that identities of the victims would be released “once death notifications have been made to their families.”

Police also said the crash during “an active snow squall” shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday involved 39 commercial vehicles and 41 passenger vehicles, for a total of 80 — greater than earlier estimates of 40 to 60 vehicles.

The stretch of 1-81 opened at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The crash happened in Foster Township, Schuylkill County.

Twenty-four people injured in the pileup were taken by ambulances to four different hospitals, state police said. Others whose vehicles were inoperable were taken first to a Wegmans distribution center to be evaluated, then reunited with families at the Goodwill Fire Company in Minersville.

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