Video: Tanker truck carrying jet fuel strikes 2 cars on Pennsylvania Turnpike, killing 2, injuring 1

A tanker carrying jet fuel is engulfed in flames on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Montgomery County on Oct. 21, 2023. (Screengrab from Storyful video)

By Patrick Berkery

October 23, 2023

The fiery crash occurred in the northbound lanes on the turnpike’s Northeast Extension Saturday morning in Montgomery County.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m., Oct. 23: Authorities say a third person has died as a result of a weekend crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike involving a tanker truck carrying jet fuel and a pair of stopped cars.

This was the scene just after a tanker truck carrying jet fuel struck a pair of stopped cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday, resulting in a fiery crash that killed two people and injured another.

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State police said the crash occurred in the northbound lanes on the turnpike’s Northeast Extension just before 10:30 Saturday morning in Montgomery County.

Troopers said a vehicle with a flat tire came to a stop in the right lane and another vehicle behind it stopped and the driver activated hazard lights. The truck was unable to stop and struck both vehicles, and all three became engulfed in flames, according to police.

The truck driver and the driver of the first vehicle struck were killed, while the other driver sustained minor injuries. Some residents who live right off the turnpike were evacuated from their homes.

The southbound lanes of the highway were closed until Saturday evening, and the northbound lanes didn’t reopen until early Sunday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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