Fatal Accident on Pennsylvania Turnpike

A fatal accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Allegheny County on Wednesday afternoon.  The accident happened between the Butler Valley and Cranberry Township interchanges, near mile marker 36.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a tri-axle truck slowed down to enter an access ramp.  The car behind the truck also slowed down but the SUV behind the car did not slow down and the SUV hit the car, forcing it under the back end of the truck.

The driver of the car, 42 year old Theresa Pastore of Delaware County, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. 

The eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike were closed for several hours near the accident scene as police investigated the death of Ms. Pastore and the cause of the accident.

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