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State police release names of truckers in I-78 crash on Wednesday

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Published On: Jan 09 2014 07:53:17 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 10:33:21 AM CST
I-78 Tractor Trailer wreck

Mark S. Southard

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. -

State police have identified the truckers involved in Wednesday's fiery crash involving two 18-wheelers.

The accident happened around 11 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Salisbury Township, just west of the Summit Lawn interchange.

A tractor trailer driven by Luis Nunez, 42, of Union City, N.J., was slowly climbing the hill on I-78 at around 10 mph when it was rear-ended by a second tractor trailer, driven by Albert W. Couch, 45, of Antioch, Tenn., police said.

A third truck was traveling behind the other two trucks, and the driver saw the collision. Troy Richards stopped to help pull Couch out of his cab, which caught fire a short time later.

Couch's cab also helped catch the rear trailer of Nunez's truck on fire.

Couch's passenger, Brandon Daniels, 27, of Hermitage, Tenn., and Nunez's passenger, Diogenes Valedez, 54, of Englewood, N.J., along with Couch and Nunez, were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The highway was closed for more than two hours.