Devastating fatal tractor-trailer accident in Scranton. Five people were killed on Pennsylvania highway Interstate 81 on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024.
A tragic incident unfolded on Interstate 81 in snowy northeastern Pennsylvania, resulting in the death of five people who were struck by a tractor-trailer after leaving their vehicles following a previous car crash. The initial car accident occurred when a minivan lost control, colliding with a median on the northbound interstate in Lackawanna County around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Four occupants of the van and a person from a separate car, who had been following them, exited their vehicles and were subsequently struck by the passing tractor-trailer. Emergency responders, including the coroner, multiple fire departments, and state police, attended the scene. The county coroner confirmed that all five victims were from New York state. The Scranton fatal accident took place amid a winter weather advisory that was in effect until 4 p.m. that day, warning of hazardous road conditions due to freezing temperatures and several inches of snow, urging drivers to use caution. Witnesses on the road reported slick conditions due to the accumulated snow.