By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PLUM, Pa. (KDKA) – A person was killed when a tractor-trailer crashed and caught on fire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Wednesday afternoon.
It happened in Plum at mile marker 54.4 eastbound. The Eastbound Turnpike was temporarily closed at the Allegheny Valley Exit.
⚠️ EB @PA_Turnpike is now CLOSED at Allegheny Valley Exit 48. Detour: Freeport Rd to PA 910 west to PA 28 south to I-579 south to I-376 east to re-enter the #paturnpike at the Pittsburgh Interchange.⚠️ https://t.co/KcoJ0Yx9fI
— PA Turnpike Alerts (@PATurnpikeAlert) August 25, 2021
Shawn McGregor of Brownfield, Fayette County was driving a tanker truck on the eastbound side near Monroeville when the truck blew a tire and went out of control. It crashed through the guardrail and down a hillside before bursting into flames.
McGregor escaped but his passenger, 60-year-old David Paull of Uniontown, was killed.