UPDATE: Police Say Speed, Weather Were Factors in Fatal I-81 N Accident

UPDATE: Police Say Speed, Weather Were Factors in Fatal I-81 N Accident

The accident left one elderly woman dead and several others injured.
Updated 6:30 PM - FRANKLIN CO, Pa. - Police say speed and wet weather conditions were factors in the multi-vehicle accident that happened on I-81 North in Pennsylvania near mile marker six Sunday morning.

It was an incident that left one elderly woman dead and several others injured.

Police say a middle-seat passenger of a minivan was killed in the accident. The victim has been identified as 77-year-old Beverly Grantier of Wellsville, New York. Another passenger in the minivan, 79-year-old Gordon Grantier, was taken to Hershey Medical Center with critical injuries.

As snowy conditions moved quickly through Franklin County, police say vehicles struggled to stay in their lanes.

When police responded to the accident just before 10 a.m. Sunday, they say they found four separate crashes involving nine vehicles.

Police say it all began when a tractor trailer lost control and jack-knifed, blocking both northbound lanes of the highway. Another tractor trailer that was traveling behind was able to come to a stop in the right lane. But then, police say a car crashed into the rear of the second truck before spinning out of control and rolling over into the median.

As both tractor trailers remained stopped, cars continued to pile up. Another car, the minivan carrying the now-deceased victim, hit the second truck from behind. In a chain reaction, an SUV then crashed into that minivan.

About 80 yards south of these initial crashes, a dangerous scene continued to unfold. Police say vehicles were maneuvering in all directions to avoid hitting each other.

That is when police say an SUV lost control and hit a sedan that was stuck in the median. This third crash temporarily blocked off the southbound side of the Interstate.

In the fourth and last crash, police say a tractor trailer hit the side of another truck. They moved together upon impact side by side before crashing into a stopped Toyota.

I-81 North was backed up for hours as police continued their investigation into the exact cause of the crash.

They say several people were taken to various hospitals in the area.


Updated 1:30 PM - GREENCASTLE, Pa. -
A trooper with the PA state police confirmed the back seat passenger of a minivan who died is an elderly woman. The trooper says seven people were injured.

One person who was in the minivan is in critical condition and was taken to Hershey Medical. The trooper say speed was also another factor in the crash, and the accident was three separate accidents that happened on I-81 after a truck and minivan collided.

Stay with WHAG for details on this accident as they become available.


Update 1:00 PM - GREENCASTLE, Pa. -
One person is dead from a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 Northbound in Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania State Police.  They tell WHAG that the eight-car pile up, including two tractor trailers happened around 9:30 a.m. in Franklin County.

State Police are also saying multiple people suffered severe injuries. Police believe weather may have been a factor in the crash. Medical units and police are still on the scene. They said motorists should expect the northbound lanes of Interstate-81 to be closed for at least another six hours.

Stay with WHAG for details on this accident as they become available.

We are hearing reports of a ten-car pile-up on Interstate-81 northbound possibly involving several fatalities near mile marker six.

Exits five through ten are currently closed. Southbound lane has re-opened. Northbound lane is still closed and the Pennsylvania State Police say it will take awhile until it is opened back up.

We have a reporter on the scene. Stay with WHAG News as this story continues to develop throughout the afternoon.

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