PA Woman Killed in I-78 Crash Saturday Afternoon
A woman from Pennsylvania was killed along Interstate 78 in northern Berks County Saturday afternoon.
According to information provided by PA State Police in Hamburg, the crash happened at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
Police have only identified the woman as 53 years old and being from Pennsylvania. The crash happened at approximately Mile Marker 17.7 on the westbound side of I-78 in Bethel Township.
Police say the woman was driving a Ford Taurus and in the left lane going west. Traffic ahead of her began to slow to a stop because of another crash on the highway, near Mile Marker 16.3.
At the same time as the woman in the Taurus was in the left lane, a tractor-trailer driver from Arizona, 52-year-old Hector Lopez was stopped in the right lane, as traffic had backed up more than a mile from that crash ahead of him. (*Corrected from a previous version.)
That’s when the woman in the left lane tried getting in the right lane and crashed into the back of Lopez’ attached trailer.
The Berks County Coroner pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the crash. Lopez escaped the incident without injury.
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