Multi-vehicle crash caused backlog at 581, I-83 split Wednesday - abc27 WHTM

Multi-vehicle crash caused backlog at 581, I-83 split Wednesday afternoon

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Two people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon that cause miles of backlog at the Route 581, Interstate 83 interchange.

The accident, which occurred on 581 westbound at the I-83 South interchanged, was reported at 11:55 a.m. and cleared around 1:10 p.m. Traffic on I-83 South was at a near standstill on the South Bridge over the Susquehanna River. 

Dispatchers say two people were taken to the hospital but the extent of their injuries are unknown.

Due to the winter storm moving through the area, PennDOT is urging drivers to stay off the roads today. As of 1 p.m., PennDOT has reduced speed limits on several south central Pennsylvania roadways. The speed limit is now 45 mph on Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland and Dauphin counties; Interstate 83, U.S. Route 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties; and Route 581.

If you must travel, PennDOT recommends checking travel conditions at 511PA.com before you do. They also encourage that you have an emergency kit, with non-perishable food, water, a blanket, small shove and warm clothes, packed in their vehicles. 

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