Cows cause slow ‘moo-ving’ traffic on I-81 in Lackawanna County

By Travis Kellar -

Traffic is once again “moo-ving” after officials had to temporarily close a section of Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County because two cows were found in the middle of the roadway.

At 7:55 a.m. this morning, Pennsylvania State Police had to close the left lane of I-81 northbound beyond Exit 194 (Clarks Summit) due to a cow being in the median between the north and southbound lanes. There was another lane closure on Interstate 81 northbound near Exit 219 (Gibson) for a second cow that was also in the median.

According to state police, the cows escaped a cattle hauler that was taking the cows from New York to Union County. A farmer in the area assisted in removing the cows from the roadway.

PennDOT reported via email that the lane closures were lifted as of 8:42 a.m. after the cows were removed.

By Travis Kellar

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