Big Mess for Hours on Interstate 78 as Tractor-Trailers, Car Collide

Interstate 78 is closed for hours between Exit 67 (PA 412) and Exit 71 (PA 33) for crash involving car, 4 tractor-trailers

A crash involving four tractor-trailers and another vehicle left a busy Lehigh Valley highway closed for hours into Friday afternoon.

Multiple big rigs and at least one car collided along eastbound Interstate 78 near milepost 68 in Lower Saucon after 2 a.m.

At least one injury was reported.

Authorities say one tractor-trailer landed on top of a car, while another truck went down an embankment. Another tractor-trailer split open, causing drums to spill out on the highway.

Both the eastbound and westbound directions of I-78 were closed between Exit 67 (PA 412) and Exit 71 (PA 33). The westbound closure was finally lifted after 1 p.m., PennDOT said.

U.S. Route 22 could be used as an alternate during the morning rush. But, NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington says there was a crash on the New Jersey side of Route 22 as of 7 a.m.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Friday. Heavy rains were falling at the time, authorities said.

We roads led to crashes and flooding on various Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area roadways overnight. Click here to get the latest traffic from NBC10.

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