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Two children killed in multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near Mechanicsburg

Other injuries have been reported, and an investigation is ongoing.
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Southbound traffic on Interstate 81 near Exit 57 in Mechanicsburg

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Update, 8/4, 2:47 a.m.: Two juvenile passengers succumbed to the injuries they sustained during the crash.

Other injuries have been reported, and an investigation is ongoing. 


All southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County were closed due to a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, according to numerous sources.

Emergency dispatch reported the crash at about 3:40 p.m. The crash reportedly involves multiple vehicles and passenger entrapment, according to dispatch.

It occurred near Mile Marker 54.

All southbound lanes are closed between Exit 52 (U.S. 11/I-76 Turnpike) to Exit 57 (Pa. 114/Mechanicsburg). 

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and avoid the area. The lanes will be closed for "an extended time," according to dispatch.

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