Police Release Details on Crash that Shut Down Stretch of I-80

BROOKVILLE BORO, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say around 5:20 a.m. on June 10, a one-vehicle accident occurred on Interstate-80 East, east of Water Plant Road, in Brookville Boro, Jefferson County.

According to police, 28-year-old Antawon Dear, of Chicago, IL, was traveling east on I-80 and struck a bridge rail at the west end of the bridge.

His 2008 Volvo tractor-trailer continued eastbound the entire length of the bridge scraping the bridge rail the entire distance. It came to final rest approximately 105′ east of the bridge along the eastbound berm partially on the right travel lane, police say.

The truck was leaking diesel fuel and motor oil which covered both lane of eastbound I-80, causing extremely hazardous conditions, according to police.

I-80 was closed from Exit 78 to Exit 82 for approximately seven hours while Haz Mat teams conducted cleanup.

Brookville Volunteer Fire Department; Corsica Volunteer Fire Department; Jefferson County Special Emergency Response Team for Haz Mat Cleanup; and PennDOT assisted at the scene.

Dear was using a seat belt. His passenger, 46-year-old Sharon M. Perry Fry, of Greenbay, WI, was not using a seat belt.

No injuries were reported.

Dear has been charged with a traffic violation.

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