One killed on turnpike, multiple accidents reported

February 8, 2018

A fatal accident Tuesday night near milepost 102 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was the third accident on that stretch of roadway in the past three days.

James Marsh, 57, of York, died of blunt force trauma, according to Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller.

The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. in the eastbound lanes and involved multiple vehicles, a tractor-trailer and ejection, according to Somerset County Control.

The Chestnut Ridge and Sipesville volunteer fire departments, and Mutual Aid and Somerset ambulance services were dispatched along with a medical helicopter. Officials said bad weather contributed to the crash.

“You are coming down the eastern slope of the mountain,” turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said. “It’s not quite as curvy as coming down the Allegheny Mountain, but there are curves and whatnot.”

Another accident involving multiple vehicles occurred around 4 p.m. Tuesday near milepost 102 in the eastbound lanes. Officials reported multiple injuries, with one woman taken to Somerset Hospital complaining of back and abdominal pain.

State police have not released a report on either accident.

DeFebo said the turnpike lifted speed restrictions Wednesday afternoon, but the commission still recommends that motorists exercise good judgment.

“You’ll still see some equipment out there and you may encounter some slick pavement, so the advice for now is to drive cautiously,” he said Wednesday.

On Saturday 55-year-old William Nace and 47-year-old Debra Nace, of Delaware, Ohio, were fatally injured when their vehicle hit a tractor-trailer that had stopped for another accident on the turnpike. Two children with minor injuries were transported to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

State police said the tractor-trailer driver, Barry Walker, 68, of Somerset, was not injured.

The accident happened near the Bakersville-Edie Road bridge in Jefferson Township, about 7 miles from the Somerset interchange, also known as Exit 110.

DeFebo said he believed the turnpike safety commission was looking into the accidents in the area, but he was not able to confirm that before publication.

“I’m almost certain that someone is looking into it, but (Wednesday) our office is closed,” he said.

In Somerset, several people were taken to the hospital after a sport utility vehicle and Herring Motor Co. towing truck collided at the intersection of Neilan Road and Glades Pike at 8:55 a.m., according to state police at the scene.

Crews from the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, Somerset and Berlin ambulance services, PennDOT and Somerset Borough police responded.