By: KDKA-TV News Staff
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (KDKA) – State police released new information about the crash on I-80 in Clinton County, saying it involved 66 vehicles.READ MORE: 40th Street Bridge Lane Restrictions Go Into Place This Week
Police gave the update Thursday during a press conference with Gov. Tom Wolf about how the state is handling the historic snowstorm.
According to police, the initial investigation reveals that two commercial vehicles and two passenger vehicles were involved in a crash that resulted in lane closures. Combined with heavily falling snow, that caused a back-up.
Preliminary reports indicate there were 66 vehicles involved, police say. Fifty-five were commercial vehicles and 11 were passenger vehicles.READ MORE: Dozens Of Women Gather On North Shore For 'Black Maternal Health Week' Photoshoot
At the press conference, state police said there were two deaths in the crash and one death caused by a medical emergency, but a statement later released says there was just one confirmed fatality from the crash and one death as a result of a medical issue.
“A number” of people were taken to hospitals for treatment.
PEMA Director Randy Padfield said “a number of folks” were evacuated from the scene because it wasn’t feasible to open a lane of traffic to get them around the accident, and they would have been waiting for too long.MORE NEWS: Local Providers Committed To Distributing Johnson And Johnson Vaccine Despite Reports Of Shortages
I-80 westbound has one lane open between the Interstate 180 interchange in Northumberland County and the 178/Lock Haven interchange in Clinton County.