Tractor-trailer driver hurt in Interstate 81 crash

Frank Andruscavage, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Mar. 16—FRACKVILLE — The driver of a tractor-trailer was trapped inside the cab of his truck for more than an hour after it went off Interstate 81 and down a steep embankment Monday afternoon, coming to a stop on its roof.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. in the southbound lanes, near mile marker 125.3 just north of the Frackville exit.

The driver of the truck was traveling south when, for some reason, he went off the right side of the road, through the guide rails and down the 75-foot embankment.

As the truck went down the embankment, it rolled over, coming to a stop on its roof in a group of trees at the bottom.

Rescuers from Altamont, Englewood, Frackville, Ryan Township and Mahanoy City worked to cut trees away from the cab of the truck to reach the driver.

Emergency personnel said that despite the crushed cab, the driver was talking while being extricated.

After being removed and carried up the steep embankment, the man was treated by Shenandoah EMS, placed aboard a medical helicopter and flown to a trauma center for treatment of his injuries.

The helicopter landed on the interstate, forcing the highway to be shut down at the Mahanoy City exit for a brief period of time.

State police at Frackville are investigating the crash but had no information available as of press time.