Turnpike worker recalls ex-trooper's attack that left 3 dead

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 11, 2016 12:17 PM

Courtesy PA Internet News Service

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collector who survived a botched robbery attempt last month that left three people dead says she was terrified but instincts took over during the attack by a retired state trooper.

Martha Berkstresser told The Associated Press in an interview last week that her ``mind was going 24 miles an hour'' after Clarence Briggs pulled a gun on her and co-worker Danny Crouse early Sunday morning three weeks ago

She thinks Briggs may have underestimated her, giving her an opening to tie up Crouse loosely so they could fight back.

Briggs, who had money troubles, shot and killed Crouse and a private security guard who was on a toll collection run before a responding trooper shot and killed Briggs.

Berkstresser is on leave but is determined to go back to work.

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