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Police identify man killed in I-81 crash in Southampton Township

8 November 2012 No Comment

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.

Firefighters hose down the trailer of a big rig Tuesday, November 6, 2012, following an accident. Pennsylvania State Police, Carlisle, reported the crash as fatal on Interstate 81 southbound at mile post 30.5 near Shippensburg, Pa., that occurred around 9:50am. There were two vehicles involved in the crash. A tractor trailer was engulfed in flames. The second vehicle involved is a pickup truck. More information will be released at a later time. (Public Opinion, Markell DeLoatch)

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.

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