Six vehicles involved in deadly crash on I-78

The view from Chopper 6 HD showed a multi-vehicle crash on I-78 in Northampton County on September 3, 2010.
September 3, 2010 6:44:51 PM PDT
For the second straight day, emergency crews are on the scene of a deadly accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Northampton County.

It happened in the area of the Route 412 interchange in Lower Saucon Township, near the border with Bethlehem.

State police say a driver was merging onto I-78 westbound from the Route 412 ramp when he crossed both lanes of traffic and hit the truck. The truck then veered off into the median and through a guard rail.

The truck then went into the eastbound lane, hitting and killing a motorcyclist, a 53-year-old Bethlehem man.

The view from Chopper 6 HD showed the motorcycle wedged under the front of the tractor trailer.

Meanwhile, three other cars were involved in a crash in the backlog.

The flatbed tractor trailer involved stopped in the opposite side of the highway, facing oncoming traffic.

The roadway was completely reopened by 8:00 p.m.

This comes after a tractor trailer driver from Easton, Pa. was killed in a fiery crash that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Northampton County for nearly 11 hours Thursday.

Mario Chacon, a father of five children, died when he got out of his broken-down truck and was struck by a car.


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