All I-79 lanes back open after tractor-trailer accident shut them down for hours



NEVILLE ISLAND, Pa. - A tractor-trailer accident shut down Interstate 79 southbound at Neville Island Thursday.

A part of Route 51 was also closed after the truck flipped onto its side and was hanging over an overpass.

Part of Interstate 79 reopened Thursday evening for rush hour.  Lane restrictions were in place and caused traffic backups.

Later Thursday evening, Channel 11 received word that all lanes were back open.

Channel 11’s Timyka Artist reported that the tractor-trailer was traveling on the interstate in the southbound lanes when it lost control near one of the ramps.

Investigators said the truck slid along the guardrail, then flipped onto its side.

The driver was not harmed.

The truck was hauling some type of food filler. Officials said the material was not considered hazardous.

Traffic reporter Trisha Pittman said traffic was detoured on to the Parkway North, then to the Parkway West outbound and back onto I-79.

As of 3 p.m., Artist reported the truck had been removed from the railing.