MORGANTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A New York truck driver was cited after a fatal four-vehicle crash Wednesday morning closed a 12-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Berks County, police said.
Sarbjit Singh, 36, of Bellerose, was traveling in the right eastbound lane at a high rate of speed as traffic was slowing to about 10 mph for an upcoming work zone lane closure near the Morgantown interchange, state police in Bowmansville said in a news release.
The 2007 Peterbilt struck the back of a 2015 Ford Escape and set off a chain-reaction crash that involved two other vehicles. The driver of the Ford, 61-year-old Sandra L. Wummer of Denver, Pennsylvania, died at the scene.
Wummer’s vehicle was pushed into a 2015 Acura MDX, injuring 71-year-old Gloria Belair of Annville and her passenger. Both had suspected minor injuries, police said.
Belair’s SUV was pushed into a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 55-year-old Shane Mrakovich of Elizabethtown. Mrakovich was not injured.
The crash closed the eastbound lanes of the turnpike between the Reading and Morgantown interchanges for several hours.