Slippery roads are blamed for part of the pile-up on I-81 in Lebanon County

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LEBANON COUNTY, PA. (WHTM) — A slick pavement caused by a sudden torrential downpour is responsible for part of the 40-vehicle pile-up on I-81 in Lebanon County.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 14 vehicles were involved in one of many accidents along a short stretch of I-81 around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Several people sustained minor injuries and one person from the 14-vehicle portion of the pileup was hospitalized.

Within the 14-vehicle portion, six tractor-trailers were involved and two drivers were reported for either following too closely or speeding.

The freeway was closed due to the accidents between mile markers 86.4 and 87.5 near Ft. closed for about eight hours. Indiantown Gap. Several people were slightly injured and treated at the scene.

Officials say a bus carrying 30 people hit an Enterprise truck in one of the other accidents in the pile-up. The bus company, which is based in Ephrata, sent a second bus to support the local people. Four to five tractor-trailers were involved, including a FedEx truck.

Bystander video appears to show an Amazon truck that was also involved, as well as several semi-trucks.

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Significant rubbernecking on the northbound lane also caused delays while the scene was being cleared.

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