Passenger van crashes on I-380; one killed, driver charged

Published: 6:19 AM EST Feb 27, 2013   Updated: 6:21 PM EST Mar 01, 2013

A large passenger van crashed in Monroe County Tuesday night, killing one person.

Juanuw Zhang, 30 of Ithaca, New York died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver, Jiayuan Liang, 22, of Brooklyn is charged with homicide by vehicle and other charges.

The van was driving north on Interstate 380 in Coolbaugh Twp. around 8 p.m. when the van hit a berm in the median. The impact caused the van to flip onto its side and hit a tree, state police said.

State police said a driver and 14 passengers were in the van at the time of the crash, which occurred at mile marker 5.3.

Several passengers had to be extricated from the van. The driver and occupants were taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center and Pocono Medical Center.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call state police at Swiftwater at 570-839-7701.