SHAMOKIN DAM — A 66-year-old Selinsgrove man was killed Tuesday morning in a violent crash involving a sedan and two tractor-trailers on Routes 11/15, authorities said.
Timothy Bremigen, chief of police for Shamokin Dam, and the Snyder County Coroner’s Officer identified John Wendt as the driver of the vehicle that was crushed between the tractor-trailers.
Bremigen said an initial investigation revealed that a tractor-trailer operated by Corey Meeks, 52, of Virginia, and a sedan operated by Wendt were stopped in the southbound slow lane for a red traffic signal at the intersection of Routes 11/15 and Baldwin Boulevard at 9:11 a.m. Wendt’s vehicle was stopped at the rear of the tractor-trailer operated by Meeks.
According to witnesses, another tractor-trailer, operated by Charles Bussard, 59, of Maryland, struck Wendt’s vehicle, causing it to collide with Meeks’ trailer. Bussard’s vehicle was the only one in motion and is believed to be the cause of the crash, Bremigen said.
Meeks and Bussard were treated for minor injuries. Wendt was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Traffic was detoured and the road was closed by emergency crews until 2:53 p.m. while the Shamokin Dam Police Department and state police from the Selinsgrove and Montoursville barracks investigated.
Bremigen said the investigation continues and that charges had not been filed as of Tuesday evening.
Assisting at the scene were PennDOT; Shamokin Dam, Hummels Wharf and the rescue fire companies, Sunbury fire police; Americus and Area Services ambulances and Selinsgrove Police Department.