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Early morning accident snarls traffic on Capitol beltway

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Apr 29, 2014 5:29 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The ramp from northbound Interstate 83 to southbound Interstate 81 in Dauphin County has been reopened to traffic.

PennDOT says debris has been cleared from it from a crash involving two tractor trailers that occurred around 3:00 a.m.

So for motorists on northbound I-83 and westbound Route 322, it's officially designated as I-83 Exit 51A.

The crash forced the closure of two major ramps in the Interstate 81 Exit 70 interchange with Interstate 83 in Lower Paxton Township.

PennDOT initially closed the ramp from southbound I-81 to southbound I-83.

Debris from the crash had fallen onto the ramp underneath and closed northbound I-83 to southbound I-81 until crews cleared and reopened the ramp at around 6:40 a.m.

The ramp from southbound I-81 to southbound I-83 remains closed, affecting the early morning commute.

 

From earlier today

(Harrisburg) -- Traffic will be a little slower this morning along the Capitol Beltway in Dauphin County, so commuters should leave a little earlier than usual. 

The two ramps in the Interstate 81 interchange, Exit 70, have been shut down as the result of a crash involving two tractor trailers around 3:00 a.m.

It's a three-layered section of the interchange and the ramp from southbound I-81 to southbound I-83 is on top.

The accident in Lower Paxton Township resulted in debris falling onto the ramp underneath -- closing northbound I-83 to southbound I-81.

One of the two tractor trailers has been removed from the scene.

PennDOT says the ramps are likely to remain closed through the morning commute.

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