Two crashes reported on I-81 Saturday

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Emergency personnel in Greencastle-Antrim were kept busy Saturday afternoon by a pair of accidents on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township.

The first accident was reported at 2:52 p.m. at the mile and a half marker on the highway. Pennsylvania State Police reported a wheel became detached from a 2007 Freightliner driven north by Siarhei Beliankou, 37, of Monsey, N.Y. The wheel traveled across the median and struck a 2005 Ford Explorer being operated in the southbound lane by Michael W. Porter, 32, of Myersville, Md. Police said the Explorer went off the road, down a slight hill and rolled over before coming to rest on its wheels.

Police reported there were no injuries.

Both the driver and passenger in a single-vehicle accident at 4:56 p.m. Saturday at mile marker four were taken to Meritus Medical Center. State police said Gulam R. Pauthawala, 86, of Hagerstown, Md. fell asleep while driving a 2012 Honda CRV south on I-81. Police reported the vehicle went off the road, rolled over on the driver’s side and struck a tree.

Pauthawala and his passenger, Brigitta E. Pathawala, 83, also of Hagerstown, had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency workers from the Rescue Hose Co.

Police said the driver suffered minor injuries and his passenger’s injuries were moderate.