Rubberneckers cause miles-long traffic jams
A tractor-trailer driver and his passenger walked away unharmed from a bizarre crash on Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon that closed one road and snarled highway traffic for hours.
The crash left the truck's cab hanging over a 50-foot embankment in the median of I-80 onto Sullivan Trail's roadway in Tannersville around 2 p.m.
State police said the truck's unidentified driver, a 28-year-old from Troy, N.Y., was driving in the right lane of I-80 eastbound into the Tannersville area but didn't notice slowed traffic near the Scotrun on-ramp.
The truck veered into the left lane, grazed another car and went into the median.
The truck driver was able to stay in the median without going into the westbound lanes but couldn't stop because of slippery ground.
Trooper George Layaou said the truck driver headed for an embankment to stop the truck without realizing it was an overpass of Sullivan Trail.
The truck went over the embankment, with the trailer still on the median and the cab landing on Sullivan Trail.
Police said neither the truck driver nor his passenger, a 39-year-old from McDonough, Ga., was hurt in the crash.
No one was hurt in the car that the truck sideswiped, police said.
The truck was carrying tomatoes, police said.
"But now it might be ketchup," Layaou said.
Though the wreckage wasn't blocking any of I-80, rubbernecking caused five-mile back-ups in each direction of the highway most of the afternoon. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said portions of each lane had to be closed intermittently to remove the truck.
Sullivan Trail was closed from the Scotrun on-ramp of I-80 through the underpass of the highway.
The crash also further backed up Route 611 in Tannersville, which already had high traffic stemming from a holiday weekend at the Crossings Premium Outlets.