Man killed in vehicle crash
A man was killed in a fiery crash Sunday in which his car struck a tractor trailer head-on on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox Township, state police said.
The man's name is being withheld because he has not yet been positively identified and because the next of kin of the person he is believed to be have not yet been notified, according to a press release from the state police at Towanda and Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman.
The accident occurred at approximately 1:25 a.m. when the man was driving west on Route 6 at a high rate of speed, the state police reported.
The man's Chevrolet Monte Carlo car crossed into the eastbound lane of Route 6, where it struck a tractor trailer operated by Billy Moore, 42, of Fort Worth, Texas, state police said.
"Upon impact, (the Monte Carlo) burst into flames," state police reported. "(The man driving the Monte Carlo) was entrapped in the vehicle and attempts to extricate (him) were futile."
The tractor trailer was used to haul sand to gas well sites for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, the coroner said. The trailer was empty at the time of the accident, state police said.
While the man driving the Monte Carlo was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, it is not known specifically why his vehicle traveled into the oncoming lane, the coroner said.
The man driving the Monte Carlo was "killed on impact" and the cause of his death was "multiple blunt force traumatic injuries," the coroner said.
There were no passengers in either vehicle, he said.
Moore was not injured, Carman said.
The man who died is believed to be from Bradford County, the coroner said.
Dental records and any surgical records will be used to positively identify the dead man, he said. If need be, DNA testing would also be used in making the identification, he said.
It is hoped that the man will be positively identified by today, he said.
Moore was wearing a seat belt, the coroner said. "Everything was burnt up" in the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, so it is impossible to know if the man who died was wearing a seat belt, Carman said.
The accident occurred in the area of Ferrario Auto Center, state police said.
Traffic was detoured around the crash scene for approximately six hours, police said.
Routine toxicology tests are being performed on the man who died. Toxicology tests aimed at detecting the presence of alcohol or drugs of abuse are routinely performed on motorists who die in motor vehicle accidents, Carman said.
While the investigation into the accident is continuing, it is not anticipated that any charges will be filed against Moore, the state police's press release said.
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