EMLENTON - Two people were transported to Clarion Hospital following Monday's eight-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80 near Emlenton that included several tractor trailers.
Venango County 9-1-1 said a vehicle headed east hit a guardrail, causing multiple vehicles to pile up at mile marker 44 shortly before 6 p.m.
The driver lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway while going around a curve right before the bridge over the Allegheny River near Emlenton, Emlenton fire Chief Trevor Hile said.
More vehicles piled up after the first vehicle crashed, Hile said. Five tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles were involved in the pileup, Hile said.
Melissa Hudson, 39, and David Myers, 54, both of Greenville, were transported by Shippenville/Elk Township Ambulance Service to Clarion Hospital for treatment of their injuries, Clarion state police said. The two were in the same vehicle with Hudson driving.
Hile said there were several minor injuries but no one else was transported.
Hudson's vehicle struck a tractor-trailer from behind that was stopped due to the earlier collision, police said.
Hudson's vehicle sustained disabling damage, and the tractor-trailer sustained minimal damage to the rear fender, police said.
Dhan Tamang, 31, of Ohio, the driver of the semi struck by Hudson's vehicle, wasn't injured, police said.
As of Wednesday morning, police had not released the names of the other people involved in the crash.
A portion of the eastbound lanes of the interstate near Emlenton was closed down for several hours, and traffic was detoured through Emlenton, Hile said.
Traffic was backed up for five miles at one point, Hile said.
Eastbound lanes of I-80 were reopened at 9 p.m. Monday, according to Clarion state police.
"The dispatchers at Clarion and Venango 9-1-1 were extremely helpful at getting us the resources we needed," Hile said.
Clarion and Franklin state police, Emlenton, Clintonville, St. Petersburg and Shippenville volunteer fire departments, PennDOT and Emlenton and Shippenville Ambulances responded to the scene.