The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 north of Syracuse have reopened after being shut down for more than eight hours by a five-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a central New York teenager.
State Police Investigator Tom Quilter says 19-year-old Liberty Tanner of Pulaski was driving north when her car broke down in the center lane around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday between exits 31 and 32 in the Oswego County town of Hasting.
Police say Tanner was on the phone with 911 when her car was rear-ended by another vehicle, operated by 17-year-old Alex B. Mills of Altmar. The crash caused three other vehicles to collide in a chain-reaction crash.
Police say another driver, 17-year-old Michael R. Edinger of Parish, slowed down as he approached the scene and was rear ended by 20-year-old Emily Smith of Pulaski. A third driver, 28-year-old Stefanie Wooding of Fulton, entered the accident scene and collided with the rear of Smithâ??s vehicle.Police say Tanner died in the crash. Three people in other vehicles suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to University Hospital at Upstate where they were treated and released.
I-81's northbound lanes were closed until 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Traffic was diverted to Route 11 while the lanes were shut down.
Investigation is continuing.