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PA Turnpike victim identified

Published On: Dec 21 2012 07:55:55 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 23 2012 10:53:07 AM EST

Woman killed in turnpike crash


One person is dead as a result of a fiery crash that occurred along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lehigh County Friday night.

Police said the accident involved six vehicles, four of which caught fire after the crash. It happened around 7pm Friday, when, during a traffic jam, an approaching vehicle apparently rammed into the back of another, causing a fire, police said.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office says 29-year-old Katherine Skinner of Whitehall was pronounced dead at the scene.  


Police said people who were able to make it out of the vehicles that caught fire tried rescuing the woman from her vehicle, but were unable to get her out.  Some of those people suffered only minor injuries, police said.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes just south of the Lehigh Tunnel in Washington Township. The highway was reopened to traffic around 3 a.m. Saturday, after being closed for about eight hours.

One motorist who was at the scene of the accident emailed the following news tips to 69 News: "I was in stopped in traffic about milepost 68.2 northbound, about a mile or so south of the tunnel when I heard the sound of vehicles colliding behind me. I looked back to see a vehicle catch fire. By the time it was finished there were several vehicles involved; four in the fire and at least two more not on fire to include the vehicle behind me. I helped get folks out of the other vehicles but felt helpless to get a female out of her Mustang; wish I could have done more, wish I did more."