MILTON — A Berwick man was killed in a violent multi-vehicle crash involving several tractor trailers Tuesday afternoon along I-80 in Turbot Township.
State Police at Milton reported the crash occurred around 3:39 p.m. in the westbound lanes near mile marker 213 between exits 215 (Limestoneville) and 212 (I-180, Williamsport) in the township.
That accident claimed the life of Earl McCormick, 74, of Berwick, who was driving a 2001 Kenworth, reportedly a garbage truck.
According to troopers, a 2018 Freightliner driven by Hugh M. Donahue, 50, of Coal Township, was traveling west when it stopped due to an unrelated crash to its west. A second tractor trailer, a 2017 Kenworth T68 driven by Nicholas C. Perez, 35, of Harrington, jackknifed and came to rest behind Donahue’s vehicle, police noted. McCormick’s truck then struck Perez’ truck and Donahue’s truck.
A 2016 Western Star driven by Donald E. Ardale, 58, of Boardman, Ohio, then struck the rear of Perez’ vehicle and sideswiped a fifth vehicle, a 2019 Ram CW driven by Gregory Wells, 65, of Raceland, Ky., troopers noted.
McCormick was pronounced death at the scene at 3:10 p.m., Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley reported. An autopsy has been scheduled for 8 this monring in Allentown. It is unknown whether or not he was belted, troopers noted.
All other drivers were belted and no additional injuries were reported.
Published reports indicate there was a steady rain falling at the time.
I-80 westbound was closed from Route 54 in Danville to I-180 in Northumberland County until nearly midnight Tuesday, PennDOT officials reported.