He was trying to make I-99 safer when he died

A PennDOT employee lost his life Saturday while trying to keep other people safe.

Robert Gensimore, 45, of Spruce Creek, was setting flares on Interstate 99 in Logan Township, Blair County. A crash had occurred in the southbound lanes near mile marker 35, according to state police at Hollidaysburg.

Around 3:41 p.m., another car passed by.

Guanglong Hu, 29, of State College, lost control of his Chevrolet Cobalt, sliding on the slick roads. The car struck Gensimore and traveled off the roadway, striking the westside guardrail and coming to rest west of the road.

Gensimore was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Hu had a suspected minor injury but was not transported to the hospital.

Passenger Chao Shi, also of State College, was uninjured.

The fatal crash was one of several in the area at that time due to weather conditions. While Pinecroft Fire Company and fire police assisted state police at the fatal scene, Logan Township police gave aid by responding to the other crashes, state police said.

The southbound lanes of I-99 were closed for approximately two hours.

Police said the crash is being investigated and any witnesses are asked to call 814-696-6100.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce