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Police: Earlier wreck caused fatal turnpike crash

Wreck happened in Penn Forest Township

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. - A vehicle disabled by an earlier crash was the cause of a fatal wreck early Thursday morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Carbon County.

Pennsylvania State Police said the fatal wreck occurred just before 3 a.m. Thursday on Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania turnpike in Penn Forest Township between the Mahoning Valley and Route 903 exits. The crash happened in the northbound lanes.

A tractor trailer driving in the left lane collided with a 2005 Pontiac G6 that had become disabled from a crash that took place about a minute earlier, according to police.

A passenger in the Pontiac was killed in the wreck with the tractor trailer.

The highway was closed until roughly 6:20 a.m.

State police have not identified the crash victim.

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