The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) between the interchanges of Exit 75 (New Stanton) and Exit 161 (Breezewood) will be closed in both directions from 11 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting.
The seven-hour closure is in place so crews can safely remove the temporary bridge that carried traffic on North Center Avenue over the Turnpike at milepost 110 in Somerset County, according to the news release. The new bridge opened to traffic with restrictions on July 19.
NEW STANTON, Pa. —
A child died in a crash involving a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County on Thursday afternoon.
The accident happened in the eastbound lanes between New Stanton (Exit 75) and Donegal (Exit 91) in Mount Pleasant Township.The coroner has identified the child as 11-year-old Hayden Field of Connellsville Township, Fayette County.
The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said Hayden was the front-seat passenger of a 2008 Nissan Frontier that was traveling eastbound on I-76.
For an unknown reason, the pickup truck crashed into the back of a Freightliner tractor-trailer and ended up under the back of the trailer. Hayden was trapped inside the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office said Hayden was wearing a seat belt.
All eastbound traffic was detoured off the turnpike at New Stanton for several hours.
State police are investigating the crash.