Truck driver dies in 50-vehicle pileup

Jason Addy

A truck driver died after he was involved in a 50-vehicle pileup on the southbound lanes of Interstate 83 on Monday afternoon, the York County Coroner's Office confirmed.

The man died as a result of  injuries suffered in the crash, during which his tractor-trailer hit the truck in front of him and vehicles struck him from behind, according to a news release from the coroner's office.

Authorities were working Monday night to notify the man's  family and expect to release his identity Tuesday morning.

Multiple people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the pileup, but there were no other fatalities, according to the coroner.

The crash occurred north of the Loganville exit  about 1:20 p.m., during a "near white-out due to sudden snowfall," according to the release.

"Due to rapid snowfall with poor visibility and icy roads, vehicles suddenly slowed and began crashing into each other," the coroner's release states.

A multiple-vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 83 north of the Loganville exit closed the highway Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

State police said the crash involved 40 passenger vehicles and 10 commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, and at least one dump truck.

Six ambulances transported patients to York Hospital and Memorial Hospital, according to a York County 911 supervisor.

Initial reports indicated a hazmat spill during the pileup, which the 911 supervisor said was a diesel fuel spill.

Both southbound lanes reopened about 8:30 p.m

I-83 southbound traffic north of the Loganville exit is snarled after what is described as a pileup. PA511 photo

Rabbit Transit transported elderly passengers who were involved in the crash off  the interstate, according to state police.

The pileup occurred about an hour after a wreck near the Glen Rock exit closed the northbound lanes of I-83.

Multiple calls to state police public information officers in York and Harrisburg were not returned Monday, and PennDOT declined to release any information about the pileup, referring all questions to state police.

A multi-vehicle accident shuts down I-83 between Loganville Exit 8 and Glen Rock Exit 10, Monday, January 30, 2017. Several tractor-trailers, a dump truck and a fuel oil truck were among the vehicles involved. John A. Pavoncello photo