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Lock Haven man killed in I-80 crash

MILESBURG — A Lock Haven man is dead after a series of crashes on Thursday afternoon along Interstate 80 in Centre County.

According to state police at Rockview, Stephen Long, 42, of Lock Haven, was killed in the crash. Police said that a tractor trailer was stopped in the right lane of Interstate 80 East near milemarker 158. The tractor trailer, police said, was stopped due to traffic congestion. Long, who was driving a 2019 Nissan NV 200 van, slammed into the back of the tractor trailer, which was being driven by Kurt Rademacher, 52, of Hoagland, Ind.

Long was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

The crash was one of three that took place along I-80 on Thursday.

All lanes of I-80 eastbound between Exit 147 at Snow Shoe and Exit 173 at Lamar were closed late Thursday afternoon but reopened around 7:30 p.m. The lanes were closed for more than three hours due to the fatal crash.

Three crashes occurred beginning at 4:18 p.m., police said.

A tractor trailer rollover with a fuel leak occurred at mile marker 167 near Lamar, PennDOT District 2 spokesman Timothy Nebgen said. No injuries were reported from that crash.

That was followed by a collision involving two tractor trailers, one of which overturned, at mile marker 166.5. There was no information about any injuries from that crash.

During the closure, eastbound traffic was detoured onto state Route 144 then followed state Route 150 to state Route 64 and reconnected with I-80 at Lamar.

At the scene of the fatal crash, police were assisted by Citizen’s Hook and Ladder, the Howard Fire Department, Fire Police, Bellefonte EMS, PennDOT and Eagle Valley Towing.

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