(WHTM) — Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) has said the passenger of a vehicle died due to a single-vehicle crash that shut down a portion of the Turnpike for hours on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The turnpike stated that the road closure was at I-76 West at Lebanon-Lancaster Exit #266. All westbound traffic was to exit at Exit #266 and re-enter at Harrisburg East Exit #247 because of the crash that occurred around mile marker 264.2 in the westbound lane.
Pennsylvania State Police said that the driver was traveling westbound, lost control of the car on the wet roadway, veered right across the right lane, and struck a roadside embankment. The car then traveled up the embankment and overturned before returning back to the road.
State Police say that the passenger was ejected through the sunroof during the crash. A Lebanon County Deputy Coroner arrived on the scene and pronounced the passenger dead on the scene.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to Hershey Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Because of the crash, a nearly 20 mile stretch of the turnpike was closed for five hours.