Driver in Turnpike collision identified

Police ruled manner of death accidental

DNA testing has identified the truck driver killed in a two-vehicle accident on the Penn­sylvania Turnpike last month.

The Bedford County coroner was called to a accident involving two tractor trailers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at mile marker 158 eastbound on Oct. 17.

One driver was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle caught fire.

Through DNA testing Coroner Russell Styer identified the the de­ceased truck driver as 64-year-old Paul K. Petrov of Arlington Heights, Ill.

Cause of death was ruled thermal and inhalation injuries due to the crash. Manner of death was ruled accidental.

State police at Everett said two tractor-trailers were traveling east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Bedford and Breezewood.

As they were on a left curve in the area of mile marker 157.9, Unit 1 was in the left lane and Unit 2 was in the right lane.

State police said Unit 1 was attempting to pass Unit 2 but failed to stay in its lane of travel striking Unit 2.

After traveling on the shoulder, Unit 2 went up an embankment and rolled over.

Unit 1 went through a guardrail, down an em­bankment, rolled over and caught on fire, becoming fully engulfed.


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