PINE GROVE — Two people were flown to a trauma center after a crash Sunday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, police said.
State police at Jonestown said the crash occurred at 3:23 p.m., 380 feet west of Swopes Valley Road. According to police, Richard Sevigny, 50, of Hudson, New Hampshire, was northbound at mile marker 96.8 in the left lane of travel when the rear tire of his 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King blew out. Police said Sevigny tried to go into the right lane and keep the bike under control but was unsuccessful.
The bike slid about 20 feet and came to rest on its side facing east, police said.
Police said Sevigny and his passenger, Robin Sevigny, 54, also of Hudson, New Hampshire, wear wearing motorcycle helmets at the time of the crash. Richard Sevigny suffered a contusion and cut on his head, and Robin Sevigny reported head and arm pain and suffered facial lacerations, police said.
The two were taken from the scene by Pine Grove Community Ambulance and transported to the Hampton Inn just off the Pine Grove exit and flown to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, in both the Life Flight and MedEvac helicopters.
Northbound traffic was reduced to one lane for about 45 minutes, causing a two-mile backup involving tractors, passenger vehicles and motorcycles.
Firefighters from Suedberg and Ravine fire companies along with Pine Grove and Hegins EMS assisted at the scene, police said.