Cars slide off road to avoid 4-semi crash along I-80 in Mercer County


MERCER CO., Pa. (WYTV) – A crash involving several semis and cars on Interstate 80 left at least one person critically injured and backed up traffic Thursday night.

It happened just before 10:30 p.m. on I-80 in West Middlesex, across from the welcome center and just over the Ohio border.

Four tractor-trailers crashed and another four to five cars slid off the road to avoid hitting them, according to dispatchers. One of the semis appears to have flipped over.

As of around 11 p.m., the westbound lanes of I-80 were shut down and the eastbound lanes were moving at a slow crawl. Dispatchers said one of the westbound lanes will be reopened sometime overnight.

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene. The Pennsylvania State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation were there as well, along with agencies from West Middlesex, Shenango Township, Hermitage and Hubbard.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

This particular stretch of I-80 is known for getting quick bursts of heavy snow.