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State Police at Carlisle said a water tank truck struck a man and his vehicle on Interstate 81 north early Friday afternoon.

Police said they were contacted at 12:21 p.m. Friday for a pedestrian crash on I-81 north at mile marker 45.3 in South Middleton Township, between the College Street and Hanover Street exits.

Police said a man was outside of his vehicle changing a flat tire when he was struck by the truck. Both the man and his vehicle were on the berm of the road at the time.

Police said the man struck by the truck was flown from the scene. No other injuries are known at this time.

The incident and subsequent closure of the highway caused a backlog of traffic in downtown Carlisle, with heaviest traffic on Walnut Bottom Road, West High Street and North and South Hanover streets.

State Police crash reconstruction and forensics unit is on the scene, and traffic on I-81 north is reduced to one lane.

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Interstate 81 south was reopened at about 1:20 p.m. after Life Lion departed the scene of the crash. Traffic is restricted to the left lane on I-81 north.

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At about 1 p.m., all lanes of I-81 were closed in both directions. Life Lion was called out to respond to the crash.

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A crash has closed Interstate 81 north between the College Street and Hanover Street exits in Carlisle, according to PennDOT.

All lanes are closed, as of 12:55 p.m.

Due to the crash, there is a traffic backlog on I-81 north from Carlisle to Penn Township and in downtown Carlisle on West High Street, Walnut Bottom Road and North and South Hanover streets.

Traffic is also backlogged on I-81 south heading into Carlisle from the Middlesex exit.

Check back to Cumberlink.com as more information becomes available.

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