As traffic was streaming into Centre County on Friday, a truck crash on Interstate 80 blocked one of the arteries into the area.
Emergency personnel responded to the incident starting at about 3:30 p.m. According to dispatch and scanner reports, the crash occurred around the 161.4 mile marker on Interstate 80 westbound.
State police at Rockview said four vehicles total were involved in the crash, two tractor-trailers and two box trucks.
At the scene, one of the box trucks had significant damage to its rear passenger-side area, and one of the tractor-trailers had a burned-out cab.
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Undine Fire Company Asst. Chief Jim Pressler said three people were injured in the crash and were transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center. The severity of their injuries, along with the cause of the crash is unknown.
The interstate was closed from Exit 173 at Lamar to Exit 161 at Bellefonte for several hours, causing substantial backlog. The interstate reopened at about 8:15 p.m., according to PennDot.
Three men were injured in a crash on Interstate 80, and one was entrapped in his burning vehicle causing serious injuries, according to state police at Rockview.
The four-vehicle crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Marion Township. Each vehicle was traveling westbound near the Bellefonte exit.
A tractor trailer driven by John Sanborn, 48, of Janesville slowed down due to a “backlog” at the exit. Vehicles driven by Alan Watson, 52, of Williamsport, and Muris Krso, 43, of Erie, also slowed to about 50 mph.
Robert Kozakovsky, 47, of New Bethlehem, hit Krso’s vehicle, causing a chain reaction.
Kozakovsky’s tractor trailer hit a guide rail off the right side of the road, hit Watson’s vehicle and continued until stopping on the center line of the road and catching on fire. Kozakovsky was unable to get out of his burning vehicle and suffered serious injuries to his legs, according to state police who said two witnesses pulled him out of the vehicle. Bellefonte EMS took him to Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Watson and his passenger Bryant Middleton, 49, of Williamsport, were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Krso and Sanborn were not injured.
The vehicles driven by Kozakovsky, Watson and Krso were towed from the scene. Sanborn drove his tractor trailer after crash.
The interstate was closed from Exit 173 at Lamar to Exit 161 at Bellefonte until 8:15 p.m.