Charges expected in Expressway fatal crash

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">1.23.2009 - Schuylkill Expressway - Just before noon on March 17, 2009, the Montgomery County District Attorney was set to announce homicide charges stemming from a deadly pileup involving a trucker on the Schuylkill Expressway in January.   For a time, drivers in both directions were stopped on the Schuylkill Expressway.</span></div>
January 27, 2009 12:03:27 PM PST
Police intend to file charges against the driver of a tractor trailer who smashed into five other vehicles Friday, killing one person. The crash happened Friday, January 23 at approximately 9:25 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County.

The tractor trailer, driven by Valerija Belovs, was traveling in the far left lane when traffic slowed. Witnesses tell police they never saw the truck's brake lights as it approached a line of traffic.

The tractor trailer plowed into the back of an Infiniti Q-45, mounting itself on top of the sedan. The collision with the Infiniti ignited a chain reaction of collisions among four other vehicles, including a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, which struck the concrete median and was also launched on top of the Infiniti.

Two people were trapped inside the Infiniti due to the crash. When rescue crews arrived were able to extricate the passenger of the Infiniti, identified as Joseph Maylish, and air lifted him to Temple University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

David Schreffler, the driver of the Infiniti, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Belovs told police he pressed the brake pedal but the brakes failed. However, he also gave information pertaining to the amount of time he had been driving that conflicted with his drive log.

Due to inconsistencies with Belovs' story and witness accounts police have issued a search warrant to obtain access to the rig and the trailer involved in the accident to help with accident reconstruction.

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