A York County fire chief died after being hit by an SUV while directing traffic around the scene of an accident on Interstate 83 early Saturday morning. It happened around 12:50 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-83 in Springfield Township near Exit 8.
Chief Rodney P. Miller, 45, of the Loganville Volunteer Fire Department was diverting traffic off the interstate when he was struck by a 2005 white Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 32-year-old Matthew Scott Diehl, of Shrewsbury.
State police say Chief Miller had his emergency vehicle lights activated at the time of the accident.
Diehl hit Chief Miller as he went around the emergency vehicle and continued on I-83, which was closed due to the earlier crash.
Chief Miller was taken to York Hospital where he later died.
Diehl was taken into custody after he was forced to stop due to the backlog of vehicles, troopers said.
He is charged with homicide by vehicle, DUI and other offenses.