Driver injured in crash that shut down I-81

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ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – State police say PennDOT misspoke and no one died in a crash that closed Interstate 81 near Fort Indiantown Gap for more than eight hours.

The crash at milepost 85 involved two tractor-trailers and three other vehicles and closed all southbound and northbound lanes, beginning just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said a 44-year-old Millerstown man in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt was following a truck too closely in the southbound lanes. He struck the back of the trailer, crossed the grass median and both northbound lanes, then struck the trailer of a second truck on the shoulder.

The Chevrolet was then struck by two other vehicles in the right northbound lane. The driver sustained serious injuries and was flown to a hospital by helicopter.

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