A Massachusetts man died in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Dickinson Township that caused police to shut down portions of Interstate 81 more than eight hours.
Gerald J. Kennedy, 53, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, died of multiple traumatic injuries obtained in the crash, Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall said in a news release.
State Police at Carlisle said the incident occurred at 5:25 a.m. on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 42. Both vehicles were traveling south, when a white work truck in the right lane passed a dark-colored work truck travelling in the left lane. For unknown reasons, the white work truck cut over into the left lane without enough clearance and hit the dark-colored truck, police said in a news release.
Both vehicles spun out and went through the median, coming to rest in the northbound lanes of I-81, police said.
Kennedy, the driver of the white truck, was ejected and killed, police said. He was not wearing a seatbelt, Hall said.
The driver of the dark-colored truck was not hurt, police said.
Southbound lanes of Interstate 81 remained closed until about 11 a.m., after which police closed down northbound lanes until about 12:47 p.m. Because both northbound and southbound lanes were involved, police had to shut down both sides of the road to complete the reconstruction of the crash, state police spokesman Trooper Robert Hicks said.
“It takes a lot of time, because you’re measuring and mapping a lot of points,” he said. “Tire marks on the roadways, skid marks on the scene, gouge marks on the roadways — all those marks have to be measured and mapped.”
Police said the incident is still under investigation, and did not release any further information about the cause of the crash. Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash or knows anything about it to call the Carlisle Barracks at 717-254-4701.