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Tow Truck Driver ID’d in Tragic Fatal Accident Along I-78 in Bethel

State Police in Hamburg have identified the Halifax man who died earlier this week in a tragic accident alongside Interstate 78 in Berks County.

According to information provided by police, the operate of that tow truck was 29-year-old Tyler A. Laudenslager.

Police Release Identity of Halifax Man Killed in I-78 Crash

Laudenslager was tending to a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the westbound lane of I-78 near Bethel on Tuesday evening. That’s when two other vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision.

That wreck sent one vehicle containing 4 people from Johnstown careening into Laudenslager. The Halifax man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. And the 4 people from Johnstown were transported to Reading Hospital for a range of injuries, from moderate to severe.

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Police also provided details on their identities, too. They are:

  • Allen E. Putman, 29,
  • Tahnaya S. Calhoun, 38,
  • Tahdirra K. McIntyre, 20,
  • And a 9-year-old boy

Putman allegedly read-ended a commercial vehicle driven by 33-year-old Adeel Mazhar, of Bethlehem, on the interstate. After colliding with Mazhar, Putman’s vehicle veered across the highway and struck Laudenslager, killing him.

Mazhar was uninjured in the crash.

Police are still conducting an investigation into the incident on Tuesday. They say it happened after 6 p.m. near Bethel.

If you witnessed this crash, and have information about it, please call State Police in Hamburg at 610-562-6885.


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