Emergency highway safety tips

SCOTT TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Tuesday night, Interstate 81 northbound in Lackawanna County was closed for approximately four hours due to a crash that killed five people.

Around 5:30 p.m. a Honda Odyssey was traveling north on 81 in Scott Township when it lost control and collided with the concrete divider. Another vehicle then pulled onto the shoulder of the right lane, got out of the car, and crossed traffic to speak to those in the left lane.

A tractor-trailer approached the crash scene and struck the Odyssey fatally injuring two people inside.

It then hit five pedestrians who were on the road killing three of them.

All five victims of that crash were from New York this accident serves as an important reminder always to be vigilant about highway safety and traffic laws.

Breaking down or getting stuck on a highway can happen to anyone, but there are tips to follow to help ensure your safety.

Five women dead after being struck by tractor-trailer on Interstate 81

“If you have a vehicle problem, pull off of the roadway as far as you can preferably in a rest area or an emergency pull-off,” said Jonathan Eboli PennDOT District 4 Assistant District Executive of Maintenance.

Turning your hazard lights on is a crucial step but in the event, that your four ways aren’t working, keeping flares or something colorful will do the trick.

“So if you carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. They do have emergency flares and roadway triangles you could deploy around your vehicle, you could also hang something that’s very brightly colored on your door or on your antenna that’s closest to the travel lane,” explained Eboli.

It is also advised to stay away from the active drivers on the highway lanes and try to stay in your vehicle as it is the safest place for you on the highway.

“You should never cross active lanes of traffic, try to avoid being in the lane or near the lane while you’re walking if you need to walk for help,” continued Eboli.

Being alert & aware of your surroundings will help you get the assistance you need.

“We have mile markers that are every tenth of a mile and they’re green as you’re traveling down the roadway or you stop near one of those that the information you want to provide to 911 or the towing company,” added Eboli.

It is also noted that drivers on a two-lane highway need to follow the “Move Over Law” which means if you see any type of vehicle pulled over you are required to move over to the adjacent lane until the shoulder is clear, if you cannot move into the other lane you must slow down to a speed of 20 miles per hour or less.

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