By Kaylee Lindenmuth
RYAN TOWNSHIP - A state trooper directing traffic at the scene of a car accident on Interstate 81 was forced to run for cover after another accident occurred at the same scene, according to the State Police at Frackville.
Troopers say, shortly before 2:00pm, a 2000 Chevy Tracker, driven by a New York woman, lost control of her vehicle around Mile Marker 129 Northbound after the tread separated from her right rear tire.
Her vehicle spun and struck a guiderail, coming to rest partway in the northbound passing lane, and required towing.
The crash closed the northbound passing lane in the area, and a flare pattern was set up in the closed lane while a state trooper directed traffic, awaiting the arrival of a crash investigator.
That's when state troopers say a tractor trailer, driven by 50-year-old Steve Chamberlin of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, was approaching the accident scene in the travel lane and failed to slow for traffic ahead of him.
Chamberlin applied the brakes, swerved into the left lane while striking a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic driven by a Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County man.
According to troopers, Chamberlin ran over the flares set up in the closed lane, forcing the state trooper directing traffic to flee over the guiderail for safety.
No parties were injured,and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene, while Chamberlin has been charged with careless driving.