(WHTM) – Maryland State Police have released new details about the multi-fatal crash on I-81 that included six vehicles on Friday, Sept. 1.

Wesley Merrick, 55, and Alicia Cornell, 46, both of New York were in a Chevrolet Tahoe when they were killed and three others were also injured in the crash, according to a news release. Two of the injured were reportedly in the Tahoe while the other was a tractor-trailer driver.

Originally, PennDOT reported that there were three fatalities in the crash. The crash is still under investigation and part of I-81 in Washinton County remains closed, MSP say.

There were four tractor-trailers and two passenger vehicles involved in the crash along the southbound lanes of mile-marker 10. MSP say they were sent to the scene just before 9:40 a.m.

The Tahoe crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer that was slowing down because of traffic, and that ended up causing a chain reaction collision that involved three other tractor-trailers and a pickup truck, the release states.


According to PennDOT spokesperson, Fritzi Schreffler, a fatal multi-vehicle crash occurred at mile marker 10 south in Maryland and had shut down Interstate 81 south at Exit 5.

According to Schreffler, Interstate 81 is now open and crews are clearing the closure at Exit 5.

Schreffler said that the on and off ramps at Exit 3 were closed when fire police arrived.

Schreffler says that there were three fatalities with entrapment. The crash involved motorcycles, tractor-trailers, and passenger vehicles, according to Schreffler.

Schreffler says that the Interstate was shut down for several hours.