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I-81 crash to send state workers home early

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Non-essential state employees under the governor's jurisdiction who work in the Capitol Complex will be permitted to leave work two hours early due to a crash that has shut down Interstate 81 in the Harrisburg area.

Employees will be permitted to leave at 3 p.m., according to Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley.

Cawley said the early dismissal is intended to help ease traffic congestion during the evening commute as a result of the tanker fire this morning on the I-81 northbound ramp to 322 West near mile marker 67.

The tanker was fully loaded with diesel fuel when it overturned and caught fire shortly after 6 a.m.

Interstate 81 North is closed at Route 581 in Cumberland County, and Interstate 81 South is closed at the 81/83 split. Route 22/322 eastbound is also closed at the interchange.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said Interstate 81 will remain closed for the day, and possibly longer.

Westbound 22/322 was closed until about 10:30 a.m., when PennDOT reopened the highway over I-81 at the Exit 67 interchange.

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