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Tractor-trailer wreck closes I-78 for hours Thursday night

One person had to be extricated.

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - A multi-vehicle crash involving two tractor-trailers and three other vehicles closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate I-78 at Route 309 South (Exit 60) for more than five hours Thursday night.

The incident occurred around 6:00 p.m.

One of the tractor-trailers was spun completely around due to the crash.

Also, one person had to be extricated from a tractor-trailer with a minor injury. That procedure took around and hour according to bystanders.

Pennsylvania State Police said that the accident occurred when the five vehicles were stopped in traffic.

One of the tractor-trailers in the center lane started to travel in reverse and hit the car behind it, causing the car to become pinned underneath the trailing unit of the tractor-trailer and rotate counterclockwise, causing a chain reaction that impacted the other three cars.

The first tractor- trailer and two of the vehicles sustained disabling damage, while the other tractor -trailer and the other vehicle only sustained minor damage.

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