FRANKLIN PARK (KDKA) — A fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 forced emergency crews to close part of Rochester Road for several hours Friday morning.

The truck was traveling northbound early Friday morning when it veered off I-79 and crashed into part of the concrete support structure for the overpass. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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He has been identified as Gregory Baker, 46, of Monroeville.

Northbound traffic was reduced to a single lane. While state police worked on the interstate, PennDOT crews were inspecting the overpass to make sure there wasn’t any damage to the heavily-traveled bridge.

Photo Credit: Suzan Etter

Photo Credit: Suzan Etter

One person who lives along Rochester Road said the sound of the crash was loud enough to awaken her from her sleep.

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“I was sound asleep. It was probably one o’clock in the morning. And all of a sudden, it was a horribly loud noise, it pretty much shook my house and looked out the windows and I didn’t see anything. And a few minutes later, all the fire trucks were going by,” Suzan Etter said.

Etter said had there been damage to the bridge, it would have been a traffic nightmare.

“This is very heavily traveled, because one of the other roads is also closed,” Etter said.

The scene on the interstate cleared just before 6 a.m. and Rochester Road opened just before 4 a.m.

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