An unidentified 73 year old Ohio man is dead, the result of a late Wednesday night wrong way crash In Jefferson County on Interstate 80 involving a full size pickup truck pulling a boat and a tractor trailer. The DuBois state police report the Chevy Silverado pickup truck was traveling east on the interstate in Washington Township at shortly after 10:15 pm about a quarter mile west of Airport Road. The Volvo tractor trailer was reported traveling west at the 94 mile marker also about a quarter mile west of Airport Road in Washington Township.
Police say the pickup truck, driven by the 73 year old man, went off the north side of the east bound lanes and traveled through the median. The pickup then entered the west bound lanes traveling east and continued doing so for approximately one mile. Police report the tractor trailer, heading west, driven by a 55 year old California man, who saw the pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the interstate. He attempted to bring his truck to a stop but was unable to do so. It is reported two trucks crashed headon.
Police say the pickup truck spun 180 degrees after the crash acame to a final stop vacing west in the right lane with disabling damage. The tractor trailer came to a stop west of where the two vehicles had crashed off the left side of the roadway with major damage to front engine area. Police report the boat trailer became disconnected from the pickup truck and came to a final stop on the southern most guide rails west of the crash. The boat came off the trailer and became lodged on to the front of the tractor trailer.
Police say while the pickup truck driver died in the crash, the truck tractor driver and a passenger, a 58 year old California man who was in the sleeper compartment, were flown to Altoona for treatment of suspected injuries. Both the drivers were reported wearing seatbelts.
Assisting at the scene were two towing services: Zimmerman and Bricen. Also responding to the scene were additional Dubois state troopers, and volunteers from the fire departments in Falls Creek, Sandy Township, and Reynoldsville. DuSan Ambulance also assisted at the scene.