A tow truck driver from Halifax was killed on the side of Interstate 78 in Bethel Township Tuesday evening as he was on a roadside assistance call.
According to State Police in Hamburg, the 29-year-old operator of that tow truck was parked on the shoulder of I-78 West in Bethel Township (near Mile Marker 14.7) helping another vehicle at a little after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.
At the same time, another vehicle with 4 people from Johnstown (including one 9-year-old boy) moving in the left lane along the highway rear-ended a “commercial motor vehicle” right in front it in the passing lane. That caused the the vehicle with the people from Johnstown to veer across the right lane.
The vehicle struck the tow truck driver as he was helping another motorist. It then struck another vehicle police describe as a “heavy-duty tow truck”. Eventually, that vehicle came to a rest along the side of the highway.
The driver of the tow truck was pronounced dead at the scene by the Berks County Coroner’s Office. Four people inside that vehicle were all transported to Reading Hospital with injuries ranging from moderate to severe.
Police say the vehicle containing the people from Johnstown included a:
- 29-year-old man
- 38-year-old woman
- 20-year-old woman
- 9-year-old boy.
The driver of the “commercial motor vehicle”, a 33-year-old man from Bethlehem, was uninjured in the incident and refused medical treatment at the scene.
Police have not released the identities of anyone involved in this incident until notifications of family can be made.
An investigation into this crash is still ongoing. State Police in Hamburg say if anyone has information on this incident or witnessed it, they should call the barracks at 610-562-6885.
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