Federal agency joins trucker's turnpike tunnel death probe

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 26, 2018 5:01 PM

Trucks and cars move through a Pennsylvania Turnpike toll plaza without stopping to pay in Carlisle. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike says federal investigators are looking into the death last week of a trucker killed when a section of electrical conduit fell through his windshield.

The state agency said Monday the National Transportation Safety Board expects to finish its inspection Wednesday and may issue a preliminary report within about a month.

State police say a New Jersey truck driver was killed Feb. 21 when the section of conduit struck him in the head while he was driving through the turnpike's Lehigh Tunnel near Slatington.

A coroner has described the conduit as a large pipe and said it damaged other vehicles.

Officials say the Lehigh Tunnel's southbound side is the only tunnel in the turnpike system that has electrical conduit directly above drivers, rather than in a parallel tunnel.

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