Man seriously injured in I-80 crash after being stuck in burning vehicle

Three men were injured in a crash on Interstate 80 Friday afternoon, 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. 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, reportedly 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 helped him get away from the vehicle once Kozakovsky eventually got himself free. Bellefonte EMS transported 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.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli