UPDATE | 2 dead in I-81 crash in Lackawanna County

A deadly crash shut down Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

UPDATE: The Lackawanna County coroner says 45-year-old Benjamin Gaillard and a 10-year-old boy, both from Quebec, Canada, were killed in Wednesday's crash.

Officials say Gaillard, the 10-year-old boy, and two other passengers were stopped in traffic on I-81 northbound around 4:30 p.m. for an unrelated crash.

That's when police say a tractor trailer didn't stop in time and struck the back of Gaillard's car.

Gaillard's car spun and then hit the rear end of another tractor trailer stopped in traffic, according to authorities. The two other passengers in the car were injured.

The two passengers, along with the tractor trailer driver rear-ended, were taken to an area hospital.

The interstate northbound was closed for five hours.

State Police in Dunmore is investigating.


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ORIGINAL STORY: State Police are investigating a deadly crash on Interstate 81 in Scott Township, Lackawanna County.

The crash, involving two tractor-trailers and a vehicle, closed the northbound lanes and one southbound lane.

At last check, the northbound lanes remained closed while crews investigated the scene.

It's unclear how many people were killed.

This is a developing story.

Stay with FOX56 News for updates.



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