A 23-year-old man from Lebanon who was trying to wave down other motorists for help was killed early this morning beside his broken-down vehicle, as it sat partially in the travel lane on Interstate 78 in northern Berks County.
State police from the Hamburg Barracks say the four-vehicle-accident occurred around 4:42am in Tilden Township, and shut down a six-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes of I-78 between the Shartlesville and Hamburg exits for more than three hours.
The victim’s vehicle became disabled due to a mechanical failure and was partially blocking the right lane. Witnesses said as he tried to wave down motorists for help, a Toyota plowed into the rear of the disabled vehicle and struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Berks County coroner.
The Toyota, which was driven by a 26-year-old Pine Grove man, was then rear-ended by a Honda driven by a 66-year-old Virginia man. A fourth vehicle, another Honda, struck the Toyota as the 20-year old driver from Virginia tried to weave his way through the wreckage.
Pennsylvania State Police are withholding the victim’s name pending notification of his family. The interstate reopened shortly before 8am Monday.