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    Default Major accident on I-81 in PA

    I got word of this wreck and was able to route around it, but it seems like a bad one:

    The Sentinel Online : News:Local : Victim ID'd in I-81 North fatal crash in Middlesex Township (Updated 7:40 p.m.)

    State Police Public Information Officer Tom Pinkerton confirmed at 4:15 p.m. that there was a fatality involved when a van crashed with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Middlesex Township at 1:42 p.m. this afternoon.

    Pinkerton said the Ford van was traveling on I-81 South, crossed over the median and struck the side of a tractor-trailer traveling on I-81 North near mile marker 53.

    One of the drivers died, Pinkerton said, but added he was not releasing which driver died. The second driver was transported to Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

    The Cumberland County coroner will release that information once the next of kin is notified, he said. Only two drivers were in the vehicles at the time of the crash.

    Reports indicate, Pinkerton said, that the van was driving erratically before the crash.

    The van hit the left side of the tractor-trailer’s cab. The impact caused the two rear axles of the tractor-trailer to come off. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed before coming to a rest in the median facing south, Pinkerton said.

    No other vehicles were involved.

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    Can i guess what driver died, or are we still waiting for the next of kin to be told?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freebirdrfd View Post
    Can i guess what driver died, or are we still waiting for the next of kin to be told?
    While I am no expert in these matters, it looks as though there is a substantially intact truck in the right picture. This leads me to believe there is a substantially un-intact van in the left picture. If the degree of intact-ness has any bearing on the survivability of the smash, I'd speculate that the van driver's relatives are getting some bad news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freebirdrfd View Post
    Can i guess what driver died, or are we still waiting for the next of kin to be told?


    Yeah really! IF the driver of the truck had died of a heart or something....the article head line would have read 2 DEAD. Otherwise.....Mr. Van driver is the only ghost....especially with that much damage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangetxguy View Post
    Yeah really! IF the driver of the truck had died of a heart or something....the article head line would have read 2 DEAD. Otherwise.....Mr. Van driver is the only ghost....especially with that much damage!

    Probably would have read: "Innocent driver killed when irresponsible trucker has heart attack." :roll:
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