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Police ID woman killed in 4-vehicle crash on Pa. Turnpike

Highway's eastbound lanes closed for about 5 hours

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. - Authorities have identified the woman who was killed in a four-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Berks County on Wednesday.

Sandra L. Wummer. 61, of Denver, Lancaster County, died in the accident, which happened around 10:15 a.m. on the eastbound side of the highway at milepost 298 in Caernarvon Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The chain-reaction crash happened as traffic began to slow to 10 mph for road work, which closed the right lane.

A tractor trailer driven by Sarbjit Singh, 36, of Bellerose, New York, struck Wummer's car from behind, according to police, who cited Singh for speeding.

The collision forced Wummer's car into the back of another car, which was also slowing down for the construction zone. That car then struck an SUV from behind.

Two people in the car hit by Wummer's car were injured. Singh and the driver of the SUV were not hurt.

The turnpike's eastbound lanes were closed for about five hours between the Reading interchange in Lancaster County and the Morgantown interchange in Berks County, forcing drivers to follow a nearly 28-mile detour around the scene.


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