The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 17, 2008

Trucker killed in Interstate 80 accident

Updated 10 a.m. DANVILLE -- An unidentified trucker was killed in Valley Township on Interstate 80 in a fiery three-vehicle accident at 12:50 a.m. today, according to the state police at Milton.

Police said the trucker, who was severly burned, was traveling east when his rig caught on fire after striking the rear of a tractor-trailer driven by Oleg Zarutskyy, 48, of Staten Island, N.Y.

One of the two eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 reopened at 9:25 a.m. Both lanes, which were closed from Danville to Buckhorn following the fatal traffic accident, should be open by noon.

Police gave this account of the accident:

A tractor-trailer driven east by Franklyn Nortelus, 37, of Miami, Fla., sustained a right flat drive tire. Nortelus slowed down when Zarutskyy's rig was unable to stop and struck the rear of Nortelus's rig with the front of his rig.

The victim was unable to get stopped striking the rear of Zarutskyy's rig and caught on fire

The unidentified trucker was pronounced dead at the scene by Montour County Deputy Coroner Rick Stump.

Police were assisted at the scene with clean up and vehicle removal by Minuteman Towing. Also responding were firefigthers from the Valley Township and Liberty Township fire companies.

The state Department of Transportation also assisted with traffic control.

The investigation continues, police said.

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