By Amber Nicotra – WTAE
ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —State police are looking into a fatal early morning crash on Interstate 279 that had the high-occupancy vehicle lanes shut down for five hours Tuesday.
“At this point in time, we’re starting from scratch. All we know is we have a vehicle, we have one individual that was in that vehicle, and we’re unable to identify that vehicle,” said Trooper Robin Mungo of the Pennsylvania State Police.
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Investigators believe the vehicle is a sport-utility type, possibly a Jeep Wrangler, but it’s unclear.
The driver was headed north when he hit a concrete wall near the Perrysville Avenue exit and flipped over and burst into flames.
“The individual, for unknown reasons at this time, obviously lost control of his vehicle. After several different impact points, the vehicle flipped over,” Mungo said. “All I know is that at some point in time he did ride the jersey barrier, that’s only one direction, that HOV lane.”
Police have yet to release the name of the victim and are working to notify his family.
“Obviously we have a family out there who is without their loved one so we want to give them at least some comfort knowing we were able to identify the body,” Mungo said. “We don’t want anyone to linger and wonder why their loved one isn’t home.”
Nobody else was hurt. The crash remains under investigation.