UPDATE: Victim identified in deadly vehicle and tractor-trailer crash in Swatara Township

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Police have released the identity of the man killed Saturday afternoon in a serious crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate-83. The crash happened  at 1:15p.m. on I-83 South near the Derry Street Exit in Swatara Township, Dauphin County.
Police say Justin Kireta of Tower City, Schuylkill County lost control of his car and veered into the concrete barrier. Kireta's car then ricocheted back across the highway and hit a tractor-trailer. The car became lodged behind the first set of trailer wheels and caught fire-- igniting the truck. Kireta died at the scene of the crash.
Parts of the Interstate between Colonial Park and the Derry Street Exits had to be closed. They have since been reopened.
State police are investigating the cause of the crash.



  • Kerri

    They need to get rid of concrete barriers…I swear the metal railings do not bounce cars off of them they way concrete does…I know they need to be there or accidents could still happen by crossing lanes but something better has to be created!!!

  • Laura

    A friend witnessed the accident and said there were 2 cars racing, weaving in and out of traffic. 1 driver lost control at the high speed, spun out and ended up under the tractor trailer. Drive smart, drive safe. Please

    • Nicole

      No one is sure what happen or what went wrong. Many people have their thoughts but it is not sure yet. It has not been determined and his family and friends are extremely hurt over this. We lost a young life that shouldn’t have been lost yet. Justin was loved and cared for by many and is missed dearly by many!
      Fly high Justin!

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