Maintenance Worker Killed When Vehicle Struck on Shoulder of Pa. Turnpike
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By Molly Daly
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) –- A Pennsylvania Turnpike worker was killed and three other people injured this morning after a moving van struck a turnpike maintenance vehicle along the road’s eastbound lanes near Norristown.
It happened during the morning rush, about 9 a.m. when, turnpike officials say, the van rear-ended the maintenance vehicle on the shoulder of the road.
A turnpike worker was killed and three other people — another turnpike worker, and the box truck driver and a passenger — were taken to area hospitals.
The overturned truck closed down parts of the turnpike between Valley Forge and Norristown for hours. The westbound lanes reopened after about an hour and the eastbound lanes were reopened about seven hours later, once the on-site accident investigation was completed.
Passenger vehicles caught in the backup were turned around and allowed to get off the road, along with trucks that were carrying livestock.
The worker who was killed was later identified as 66-year-old Michael San Felice.