MERCER CO., Pa. (WYTV) – Interstate 80 in Mercer County is still closed after a multi-vehicle crash involving several semis Tuesday afternoon. Drivers who were on the road when it happened were stuck in traffic hours later.
As of just after 11 p.m., the left westbound lane of I-80 is finally moving again.
Ten to 12 vehicles crashed in the westbound lanes just past West Middlesex around 3:30 p.m.
Four people are in moderate to critical condition and one person has injuries that are not life-threatening. Several others were hurt but were able to walk around.
Emergency crews said multiple people were trapped in their cars.
The crash also caused fuel to be spilled on the road.
I-80 westbound is closed from Exit 15 (Route 19, Mercer) to Exit 4 (Route 760/Route 18, Sharon) as crews clean up the crash.
School buses were brought in to take people who were stranded in their cars to nearby hotels.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is also working to make a path for cars currently stuck on the road to pass through.
The speed limit on I-80 has been reduced to 45 mph from the Ohio state line to Exit 19 (Interstate 79 interchange).
If you’re headed west, you’ll need to take a detour (Route 18, Route 62 and Route 19).
I-80 westbound should reopen later Tuesday night.
The eastbound lanes were also at a standstill for a while, but started moving again around 7 p.m.