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Police: Wrong-way driver had earlier collision on I-283

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A wrong-way driver who died in a head-on crash on Interstate 283 was involved in a minor collision moments before the fatal impact Monday morning in Dauphin County, according to state police.

Trooper Robert Hicks said 53-year-old Marshall Black, of Duncannon, sideswiped a Honda Civic near the Highspire interchange and continued northbound in the southbound lanes.

Moments later, Black crashed the silver Hyundai Accent he was driving into a black Volkswagen Jetta near mile marker 1.1 in Swatara Township. Black and the driver of the Volkswagen, 59-year-old Mike Kelliher Sr. of Jonestown, died in the crash.

Police continue to investigate why Black was traveling in the wrong lanes.

Hicks said 911 dispatchers received numerous calls about the Hyundai going the wrong way on I-283. He said police have spoken to numerous witnesses, but none of them actually observed the impact of the two cars.

Police have said that Black was wearing a seatbelt, while Kelliher was not. Neither car had any passengers.

The crash, which occurred at around 6 a.m., closed the southbound lanes of I-283 for about three hours.

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