May 15, 2017

Wrong-way driver causes crash on 380

COOLBAUGH TWP – Police say the man who was heading south in the north lanes of Interstate 380 early this morning was drunk.  He is now in the hospital with serious injuries. 

Sam Pontillo, 32, of Tobyhanna somehow entered the highway going the wrong way.  He narrowly missed an oncoming car driven by an 18-year-old Scranton woman.  She swerved but hit a tractor-trailer.  She was not seriously hurt.

Pontillo crashed his car and sustained multiple injuries including several fractures.  He was flown to a Scranton Hospital. 

Police say they detected alcohol.  Blood tests are pending. 

The highway was closed for about an hour following the 12:45 a.m. crash.

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