Clean-up complete; I-78 reopens in Lebanon County

Written by Craig Rhodes and the Associated Press | Feb 14, 2016 7:56 AM

More than 50 cars were involved in a pile up on Interstate 78 just west of Route 22 Saturday morning.(Photo: Michael K. Dakota. Lebanon Daily News)

(Fredericksburg) -- State police say the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Lebanon County were reopened to traffic early this morning.

They were closed and detours were needed, the result of a weather-related pileup involving at least 50 vehicles that killed three people and injured more than 40.

Police say at least 70 others were taken to a warming shelter operated by the American Red Cross at a firehouse.

The crash happened about 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of 78 in Bethel Township, about 8-miles east of the I-81 interchange. 

The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median.

State Police investigators believe that ``passing snow squalls'' played a role in the crash.

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