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Amber Alert

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pine Grove man killed in Interstate 81 crash

State police said Ernest D. Beltz Jr., 26, of Bayberry Lane, Pine Grove, was a passenger in a pickup truck that rear-ended a tractor-trailer parked alongside the highway.

Police said the crash occurred at 5:40 a.m. near the Grantville rest area in East Hanover Township.

The driver of the pickup truck, who was identified by police as Kevin Snyder, Spring Glen, and another unidentified male passenger were seriously injured and taken to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Hospital officials confirmed that Snyder was in fair condition Tuesday night, but no information was available about the unidentified passenger.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, John Misiak, 57, address unknown, was also taken to the Hershey medical center after the crash. He was treated and released for minor injuries Tuesday afternoon, hospital officials said.

Police closed I-81 near the area of the crash for about three hours after the accident. On Tuesday night, police said the accident was still under investigation and were unable to provide further details about the crash.