Police identify man killed in I-81 crash in Southampton Township
SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP, CUMBERLAND COUNTY — A pickup truck driver was killed Tuesday morning after striking a tractor-trailer’s gas tank on Interstate 81 — setting the tractor-trailer on fire.
Paul J. Birmingham, 78, of Florida, was driving northbound around 9:41 a.m. when for unknown reasons the passenger side of his vehicle struck the median guard rail near mile marker 30.5.
After impact, he crossed the median and entered the southbound lane, where he struck the fuel tank of a tractor-trailer driven by Vitaly Yurchenko, 40, of Harrisonburg, Va.
Birmingham died instantly, according to Pennsylvania State Police, Carlisle.
Yurchenko and a passenger exited the burning tractor-trailer with minor injuries.