SWATARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — Pennsylvania State Police report that two people died in a crash that shut down I-83 north in Swatara Township for several hours on Monday.
All lanes of I-83 northbound were closed Monday morning after a Dauphin County crash involving a tractor-trailer. The highway was closed between Exit 44B: 19th Street and Exit 46A: I-283 South to I-76 Turnpike – Airport/Lancaster, according to 511PA.
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State Police were on the scene, with Swatara Police assisting.
According to State Police, the tractor-trailer left the roadway and broke through the guide rail around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. The truck struck a concrete abutment and slid down an embankment.
State Police said the truck then caught fire, and once it was extinguished by fire personnel, two occupants were found to be deceased.
The driver who died was identified by State Police as 49-year-old Greg Stupar from Charleroi, near Pittsburgh. The identity of the passenger who died has not yet been released.
The highway reopened around 12:45 p.m. on Monday, according to PennDOT Safety Press Officer Fritzi Schreffler.
Schreffler said that the shoulder of the roadway was stabilized and barrels were in place. The guide rail will be replaced at another time, Schreffler noted.