A Berwick man, 74-year-old Earl McCormick, was killed in a massive multi-vehicle, chain reaction crash along Interstate-80 westbound in Northumberland County near Tubotville Tuesday afternoon. There were actually a couple of crashes Tuesday afternoon involving a number of tractor trailers that shutdown I-80 in both directions near the Northumberland-Montour County line and caused big back-ups. The eastbound lanes were shutdown for just a couple of hours. The westbound lanes between Exits 212 and 215 remained closed until just before midnight. State Troopers believe heavy downpours were a factor in those crashes on Interstate-80.
A tar-and-chip job on Route 239 between Huntington Mills and Shickshinny that failed to set damaged cars and forced the shutdown of the roadway. The road was tarred and chipped on Monday, but the problem didn’t show up until Tuesday morning when the thick tar-and-chip mixture began to coat vehicle tires and even caused problems with vehicle brakes. PennDOT believes Tuesday’s rains got under the tar and helped create the mess. There’s no word on exactly when the roadway will open. Amanda Bach who lives along Route 239 told our news partner Newswatch 16 that the tires on her new van were coated with tar. PennDOT says anyone who had their vehicle damaged by driving along Route 239 on Tuesday can call the Luzerne County PennDOT office to file a complaint at 570-826-2386.
A bill which would create separate post-season tournaments for public and private schools came under fire during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee Monday. Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Director Robert Lombardi says legislation dictating to the PIAA how to administer championships is an end-run around the process and an overreach. Lombardi says another part of the bill, which would eliminate PIAA’s transfer rules, would lead to “open season” on transfers.
Reports are currently in of a rock slide along River Drive in Danville that has closed one lane. Sections of the road have also reportedly begun to flood following this afternoon’s strong downpours.
From our news partner Newswatch 16, in Northumberland County both lanes of Interstate 80 are currently closed between exits 215 and 212 (the I-180 interchange) due to a multi-vehicle accident. Officials have not announced how long the Interstate is expected to remain closed.
Bloomsburg Police had to euthanize an injured deer that found it’s way into the Salvation Army store on Main Street Monday. Police say the deer was bleeding when it entered the store and speculate it may have been hit by a vehicle before it made its way onto the sales floor and then into the back delivery area of the Salvation Army. The deer knocked over racks of clothing and other items. Officers attempted to herd the animal outside through back, but after consulting with the Game Commission it was determined that the most humane course of action was to euthanize the deer.
Monday's rain forced the postponement of the Class AAA state softball semifinal. Bloomsburg will play Pine Grove today at 4 at the Drifton Complex in Hazleton.
The Bloomsburg High School softball team is two wins from a state championship. Yesterday in the Class AAA quarterfinals, the Panthers beat Delone Catholic 5-1 to improve their record to 17 and 8. On Monday Bloomsburg will play unbeaten Pine Grove in the semifinals at a site and time to be determined. Yesterday, Pine Grove beat Warrior Run 8-0.
The season ended Monday for the Central Columbia baseball team. The Bluejays lost to Lake Lehman 6-5 in a first round Class AAA state playoff game played at Hanover Area High School.
In softball, Bloomsburg advanced to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs with a 2-1 win over Mid Valley in a game played at Central Columbia.