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State College police identify man killed in crash

A damaged truck involved in the crash sits in the roadway. A crash involving multiple vehicles happened early in the morning Monday along Route 45 in Harris Township.
A damaged truck involved in the crash sits in the roadway. A crash involving multiple vehicles happened early in the morning Monday along Route 45 in Harris Township. nmark@centredaily.com

State College police provided additional details into Monday’s fatal crash on Earlystown Road in Harris Township.

According to Lt. Keith Robb, the investigation revealed that Barbara Dean, 51, of Boalsburg, was traveling eastbound on Earlystown at about 6:40 a.m. when she experienced a “glare issue” and crossed the yellow lines into oncoming traffic. She then struck two vehicles — a Peterbilt dump truck, driven by Robert Queen, 58, of Irvona; and a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Andrew Gill, 25, of Kreamer.

After being struck, Robb said, Queen lost control of his truck, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Saturn sedan driven by William Steven Smiles, 47, of Centre Hall. The truck then rolled onto its side.

Centre County Coronor Scott Sayers pronounced Smiles dead at the scene, Robb said. Dean and Queen were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for unspecified injuries.

Robb said Queen was not at fault in the accident, saying he could not control his truck after being struck. Police will be performing a full inspection of the vehicle.

Earlystown Road was reopened at about 1 p.m., he said.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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