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Tow truck driver killed in I-80 crash identified

LOGANTON — The Pennsylvania Towing Association has identified the tow truck operator who was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Saturday night along Interstate 80 near Loganton.

James Corl, owner and operator of College Township-based Valley Truck and Trailer, was removing a disabled semi-trailer on I-80 near mile marker 184.9 at about 9:30 p.m. At that time, a driver traveling eastbound struck the tow truck from behind, according to state police at Lamar.

Corl was outside of the truck at the time and sustained fatal injuries, police said.

The vehicle caught on fire and the driver — who was not identified — was removed from the vehicle and taken to UPMC Lock Haven for treatment.

I-80 was closed at the Lock Haven exit for several hours. The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Corl worked with Alpha and Boalsburg fire companies in State College for many years and both expressed condolences on social media on Sunday.

“Jim has served the Alpha Fire Company in a variety of ways over the past few decades, most recently as an Active Type IV (Support) member, supporting the company with apparatus needs as well as towing and recovery services,” Alpha Fire Company wrote in a Facebook post. “Jim will be greatly missed, and his family and friends are in our thoughts.”

In another Facebook post, the Boalsburg Fire Company said: “Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family of Jim Corl. Jim lost his life last evening in a vehicle related accident. Jim and his business, Valley Truck and Trailer have assisted us many times throughout the years providing heavy wrecker service to assist with vehicle accidents and rescues. Jim was known and will be missed by many.”

Pennsylvania’s Move Over Law requires drivers approaching emergency response areas who are unable to safely merge into a lane farther away from the response area to “pass the emergency response area at a speed of no more than 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit and reasonable for safely passing.”

Funeral arrangements for Corl have not been announced.

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