Update 9:24 p.m. — A 12-year-old boy from Canada was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 and several more people were injured.
The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. on Monday in the construction zone about a mile west of the Girard Exit (Exit 9). The crash involved a semi, a flatbed pulling a trailer, a van and a car in the eastbound lanes.
According to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook, the crash may have happened as traffic slowed due to another accident up the road.
The 12-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people were taken to the hospital including the child’s mother who was flown by helicopter.
All five were in the van which flipped onto its side.
Interstate 90 remains closed eastbound from West Springfield to the Girard Exit causing huge traffic back-up on the highway and on the detour routes.
(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — A rollover accident on I-90 earlier this afternoon has caused serious injuries for those involved.
All lanes are currently shut down on Interstate 90 eastbound Monday afternoon in Erie County due to the accident. That accident happened around 2:30 p.m. between Exit 6 and Exit 8 at mile marker 8.
PennDOT is now reporting I-90 eastbound is closed from Exit 3 (Route 6N – West Springfield/Cherry Hill) to Exit 9 (Route 18 – Girard/Platea). The area was originally closed from Exit 6 to Exit 9 on I-90 and was expanded as of 4:15 p.m.
For those who haven’t been that far west on I-90 in a while, roadwork is being done currently, with the westbound lane’s pavement totally stripped, limiting motorists to one lane both east and westbound with large cement dividers in between.
It is within this change in traffic patterns that the accident occurred. One car is heavily damaged and flipped entirely on its side.
I-90 has been brought to a near standstill at this time. A STAT medevac helicopter was called in to transport for life-threatening injuries.
The Erie County Coroner has confirmed he has been called to the scene of the accident. We reached out to Pennsylvania State Police in Girard for more information, but there has been no update on the condition of those involved at this time.
The highway is expected to reopen later Monday. Drivers can check real-time conditions at 511pa.com.
This is a developing story. We will provide updates as soon as they are available.