1 Dead, Several Hurt in 9-Car Crash in Pennsylvania; Deceased Man ID’d
A man who was killed in a crash in Chester County, Pennslyvania, that injured several people and damaged nine vehicles on Saturday, Nov. 11, has been identified.
Police said Malvern, Pennsylvania, resident Adam Harrison Swope, 38, died from the impact of his vehicle hitting a northbound truck that had overturned and entered his southbound lane.
The incident, which took place on Route 202 at South Matlack Street in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania, caused a fiery explosion and closed the highway in both directions for nearly 14 hours, WPVI reported.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated, authorities say.
The tractor-trailer that flipped over was carrying frozen turkeys. It flipped on its side and burst into fire, creating smoke that could be seen from miles away, NBC10 reports.
— WestGoshenPD (@WestGoshenPD) November 11, 2017
Swope was driving with a friend to his alma mater, West Chester University, to attend a championship game when he was killed. His friend survived the crash.
Two people in other vehicles were taken to the hospital, WPVI reported.
According to West Goshen police, several people suffered from minor to moderate injuries.
A family that lived half a mile away from the crash site and witnessed it said that it was the worst crash they ever saw.
“There were cars everywhere. It seemed like someone sprinkled cars. They were all over the road,” Megan McCall of Westtown Township told WPVI.
And for all those wondering about the smoke behind the trees at Farrell Stadium…
Overturned tractor trailer by Kelly's on 202 pic.twitter.com/zzfokTaFKc
— WCU RAMS FOOTBALL (@WCURamsFootball) November 11, 2017
“This is terrible. I’ve never seen one this bad,” another family member, Mary Beth McCall, told the station. “I feel so bad for the people and the families, just horrible.”
“I’m not surprised, people run this light constantly,” she added.
The investigation into the incident is being handled by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and the West Goshen Township Police.
WPVI reports that the stretch of the Route 202 that was affected did reopen the next morning.