UPDATE: Tractor trailer driver likely suffered medical emergency before crash on I-81
UPDATE: State Police in Cumberland County say a tractor-trailer driver, who crashed on Interstate 81 on Sunday, suffered a medical emergency.
64-year old Bruce Brauer of Woodridge, Illinois was driving a loaded commercial truck and trailer when he had some sort of medical problem. The Freightliner, traveling northbound, crossed the grassy median and struck a Ford pickup truck and a Mazda.
Police say Brauer suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Ford F150 was not hurt. The driver and passenger in the Mazda both suffered serious injuries. All of the victims were taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
SOUTH MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa — A crash involving a tractor-trailer has shutdown I-81 Southbound between exit 47 and exit 49 on Sunday afternoon.
According to 911 Dispatch, the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer driving North on I-81 just before 2 p.m. on Sunday. The tractor-trailer crossed the median for an unknown reason and hit a vehicle driving South on I-81.
Two people have been airlifted to an area hospital, their conditions are unknown at this point in time.
The crash is located in the area of mile marker 47.4 and has I-81 Southbound shutdown between exit 47 and exit 49.The left lane of 1-81 Northbound is also shutdown according to PennDOT.
PennDOT urges drivers heading South on I-81 to use the red detour.