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Driver killed as tractor trailer goes down ravine off Pa. Turnpike

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:07:38 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 04:17:07 AM CDT

A tractor trailer went off highway into ravine.

PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

A 49-year-old man from North Carolina was killed when his tractor-trailer went down a steep embankment along the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Monday morning.

 The accident  happened around 7 a.m.  at mile marker 83.7 between the Pocono and Mahoning Valley exits in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

The driver, who was was trapped inside the vehicle, was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. by Carbon County Deputy Coroner Robert Miller. The victim's name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

State police at Pocono report the driver was traveling south on a wet roadway when he lost control. The rig first struck a rock/dirt embankment, then a guard rail, then went down a steep embankment, coming to rest on its passenger side.

The demolished rig was owned by Abilene Motors Express of Richmond, Va., reported police.

Officials worked to tow the tractor trailer out of the ravine.

Traffic on the Turnpike kept moving; lanes did not need to be closed.

State police were assisted by Lake Harmony, Lehighton and Franklin Township ambulances, Lehighton and Franklin Township fire companies and turnpike safety patrol and maintenance units.