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Fatal on I-81 in Cumberland County

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Pennsylvania State Police say one person died in a chain reaction crash involving three tractor trailers and a Chevy Tahoe SUV on Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.

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The driver of a tractor trailer involved a fatal chain reaction crash on Interstate 81 last year is charged. Pennsylvania State Police say Muniru Iddress, 30, was engaged in text messaging in the moments leading up to the collision.  It happened on May 10, 2013, at milepost 57.1 in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County.  A New York state couple, George and Kathy Weed, were killed in the collision.

Iddress, was arraigned today on charges of Homicide by Vehicle, Involuntary Manslaughter, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving and other summary violations. He was released on $100,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing.

Truck accident on I-81 and PA 114 Exit 57

A second person has died following a fatal crash involving three tractor-trailers and an SUV on I-81 in Cumberland County on Friday. The driver of the SUV, George Weed, 63, of Pittsford, New York, died early Sunday morning at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Weed had been hospitalized since the accident. His wife, Kathleen Weed, 64, died at the scene.

State police say the crash occurred just past Exit 57 in the northbound lanes of I-81. According to state police, traffic was slowed on the interstate due to a backlog. A tractor-trailer approaching the traffic was unable to slow down in time and struck the Weed’s SUV.

That sparked a chain reaction and caused the SUV to be pushed into a tractor-trailer in front it .  The second tractor-trailer then hit the back of the big rig that was ahead of it, according to state police.

The drivers of the three tractor-trailers received minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

It is unclear if any charges will be filed against the driver of the tractor trailer who hit them.

UPDATE:  The Cumberland County Coroner identified the victim in a deadly chain reaction crash on I-81 in Silver Spring Township as 64 year old Kathleen Weed of Pittsford, New York.  Her husband, George Weed, is listed in critical condition at Hershey Medical Center.

Pennsylvania State Police say one person died in a chain reaction crash involving three tractor trailers and a Chevy Tahoe SUV on Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.  The crash occurred at 4:10 pm Friday at mile marker 57 in the northbound lanes of the super highway in Silver Spring Township.  Investigators say traffic was slowing for a traffic backlog when the driver of a tractor trailer failed to slow down in time. The big rig slammed into the rear of the SUV, pushing it into the rear of a tractor trailer which in turn impacted the trailer in front of it.

Truck accident on I-81 and PA 114 Exit 57

Truck accident on I-81 and PA 114 Exit 57

The drivers of the three tractor trailers suffered only minor injuries. A female passenger in the SUV died at the scene. The male driver of the SUV was flown by Life Lion to the hospital. PSP is withholding the names of the victims pending notification of the next of kin.  The highway was shutdown for 5 hours while PSP accident reconstruction teams conducted their investigation.  The roadway was reopened at around 9:25 pm.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact PSP Carlisle at (717) 249-2121.

UPDATE: The Cumberland County Coroner has been called to the scene of the crash.  One person has reportedly died at the scene.

A crash involving multiple vehicles ties up traffic along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.  It happened at around 4:15 this afternoon  in the northbound lanes of I-81 near exit 57.  Three tractor trailer rigs and a car are involved in the crash.  One of the victims is reported entrapped in a vehicle. There is no word on the condition of other victims. The Life Lion medical helicopter was called to the scene. The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 at exit 57 in Silver Spring Township are closed to traffic until further notice.

Photo Courtesy: Melody Wallace

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