Driver Killed In I-79 Tanker Truck Crash In Washington Co.

AMWELL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) –The coroner has been called to a tanker accident in Washington County.

The accident happened on Interstate 79 near mile marker 23 in Amwell Township around 6 a.m.

For unknown reasons, the truck swerved and hit a guide rail. The truck continued and hit an embankment and becoming airborne.

The truck went approximately 110 feet across a ravine before hitting a second embankment on the opposite side.

The driver, Paul Wahlbaum, 51, of Mount Pleasant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

One lane in each direction was closed for a period of time following the crash. The road was fully reopened to traffic around 8:30 a.m.

Weaver Run Road was also closed in the area, but has since reopened.

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