The fatal traffic accident occurred on Interstate 81 near mile marker 45.8 at around 2:45 p.m. local time. Officials say the chain-reaction began when a southbound dump truck blew out a tire and crossed through the grassy center median and into northbound lanes.
A tractor-trailer traveling north was hit by the truck, reports The Sentinel. A pickup truck heading north then crashed into the rear of the dump truck and the semi. Forty-five-year-old James Hawkins Jr., the driver of the tractor-trailer, died at the scene of the crash.
The Sentinel reports that Michael Smatlak, 42, the dump truck driver, and Terry Danner, 61, the pickup truck driver, received an airlift to Hershey Medical Center for treatment. Unfortunately, both Smatlak and Danner would succumb to injuries from the crash. The accident remains under investigation, according to The Sentinel.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):