YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — All northbound and southbound lanes on Interstate 83 have reopened in York County after a truck hit the overpass for Route 74 near Exit 16 to Queen Street. PennDOT said there was extensive structural damage to the bridge.
The overpass was cracked by the collision and the truck bed got stuck under the bridge.
Crews had removed the truck bed by about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, according to PennDOT safety press officer Fritzi Schreffler. Schreffler says crews had to make several cuts to the truck bed in order to remove it.
To repair the overpass, PennDOT planned to install support beams in the damaged areas as a temporary fix; The materials needed for the repairs were in Franklin County as of 9:26 p.m. on Aug. 24.
“Safety is ultimately the goal here. We are not going to open Queen Street and we are not going to open 83 in either direction until we are sure that that is structurally sound and will not take a chance of falling,” Schreffler said.
Queen Street, which crosses over I-83, is also closed. According to Schreffler, Route 74 northbound has reopened, and one lane in the southbound direction is open as of 6 p.m. on Aug. 25. Crews who were previously going to be conducting dam repairs on the Interstate 83 South Bridge between Aug, 26 to Aug. 29, are now going to be working on reopening the Route 74 bridge.
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Northbound traffic on I-81 was being diverted off at Exit 16: Leaders Heights. Before the highway and Queen Street reopen, drivers on I-83 can make it as far as Exit 16, and then will cross over the highway and back onto I-83, off-ramp to on-ramp.
The road on I-83 northbound was also damaged during the crash and required repairs.
No injuries have been reported at this time, but Schreffler says the driver was taken away on a stretcher. A vehicle passing under the bridge did have damage to its windshield from flying debris, otherwise, no other vehicles were involved.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.