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'We had crashes everywhere': Wrecks close parts of I-83

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Interstate 83 south lanes in Newberry Township were shutdown as firefighters worked to extricate a trapped person on Saturday Jan. 2, 2021.

A stretch of Interstate 83 in Newberry Township was closed as multiple crashes were reported back-to-back Saturday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation.

I-83's southbound lanes between Exit 32 (Newberrytown) and Exit 28 (Zions View/Strinestown) were closed for about three hours after a collision about 7 a.m.

The Strinestown Community Fire Co. firefighters extricate a person trapped inside a car following a crash about 7 a.m. in Newberrytown.

"We had crashes everywhere," Strinestown Community Fire Co. Fire Chief Frosty Wertz said. "We had the interstate completely shut down for quite a while." 

Wertz said firefighters "popped the door" to extricate one person, another was ejected and three people in total were taken to the hospital from the most serious crash. The road was reopened about 10 a.m.

Several other crashes were reported on the highway Saturday morning, and Wertz said they probably happened because of icy road conditions. 

The Strinestown Community Fire Co. responded to a crash on Interstate 83 in Newberry Township on Saturday Jan. 2, 2021.

There was also a lane restriction in the northbound lanes on I-83 about 2.5 miles south of Exit 32 because of other crashes, according to 511PA. It was lifted about 8:30 a.m.

York County 911 had reported a crash about 7:15 a.m. on I-83 in the northbound lanes at Sheep Bridge Road and North Susquehanna Trail.