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Multiple crashes close parts of I-99

Multiple crashes close parts of I-99 Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
Multiple crashes close parts of I-99 Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. psheehan@centredaily.com

Interstate 99 closed for more than an hour in parts of the Centre region on Saturday due to multiple vehicle crashes that afternoon, according to Centre County dispatchers.

A release from the state Department of Transportation said I-99 was closed in all directions from Exit 71, or state Route 322 at Waddle Road, to Exit 73, or Route 322 East at Penn State.

PennDOT spokeswoman Garnet Ninosky said freezing rain was the cause of several fender bender-type crashes.

Ninosky said the northbound lane closed at about 2:40 p.m. and was expected to reopen soon after. The southbound lane closed about 2:17 p.m. and reopened about 45 minutes later.

“There were (officials) out detouring traffic so people could get to their destination and it seemed like things went smoothly,” Ninosky said.

According to an Alpha Fire Company Facebook post, a firetruck was struck by a sedan while working the scene of a crash on I-99.

No injuries were reported.

From CDT staff reports

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