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Amber Alert

Friday, March 14, 2008

FedEx Driver killed in PA. Turnpike accident

The driver of a FedEx tractor-trailer died this morning in an accident on the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Mid-County and Valley Forge interchanges.

Around 9:15 a.m., traffic resumed on all westbound lanes - the direction in which the accident occurred, the State Police said. Eastbound traffic had resumed shortly after 6 a.m.

Shortly before 8 a.m., the road seemed unlikely to reopen quickly, since the tractor-trailer was still "connected ... to a crumpled Dodge pickup," according to Rick Freas, 38, a tow truck driver from Valley Forge.

"They just removed the body a few minutes ago," he said.

"The cab is completely crushed in," he said of the FedEx truck.

The accident, which occurred at 3:53 a.m., also involved a second tractor-trailer, state police said.

The driver of the pick-up truck was injured.

Traffic on the southbound Blue Route (I-476) was slowed as well, because of motorists being detoured from the turnpike.

Four state police cars, four tow trucks and three fire trucks were at the scene, near a shopping center with a Cosco, Speas said.



Radioman said...

My condolences to the family of this driver.