MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – An Adams County woman died in a five-vehicle crash that closed part of Interstate 283 for seven hours, police said.
Troopers said 23-year-old Meghan McKinney of Biglerville was killed in the crash and several others were hurt.
Jason Nauman, a war veteran, witnessed the aftermath.
“It’s probably one of the worst accidents I’ve come across since I’ve been back in the United States,” he told ABC 27 News.
Troopers said the crash happened in the southbound lanes near the Turnpike interchange around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“The way the cars were torn apart reminded me of something like a roadside bomb in Iraq,” said Nauman, of Leola. “Seeing the white sheets made me think there were fatalities.”
Investigators said five vehicles, including a truck pulling a camper, were involved in a chain-reaction crash.
The long closure sent some drivers like Marcia Thompson and her husband scrambling. The Oakland Mills couple expected to take 283 to Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster County.
The Thompsons used a map to find an alternate route. They told ABC 27 News it was hard to complain about traffic headaches knowing someone lost their life.
“That’s a horrendous crash,” Thompson said.
There was no word on the condition of the others involved in the crash.
State police haven’t said if anyone will face charges. The investigation is still ongoing.