One dead, two injured after Turnpike crash in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa.– One man is dead and two injured after a crash closed all eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for much of the morning.

Robert Marchetti, 63, died at the scene of the crash. The crash happened around 3:30 Tuesday morning between the Willow Hill and Blue Mountain exchanges, near mile marker 197.

Investigators say Marchetti was operating a backhoe in the westbound lanes and was struck by a car as it was going into the eastbound lanes. The driver of the car, 21-year-old Peter J. Awadallah, 21, of Jackson, New Jersey, was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. His passenger, 20-year-old Gerald Licollari, of Staten Island, New York, was flown to Holy Spirit Hospital.

 

Traffic was backed up for several hours on the turnpike.