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Parkway North inbound reopens 12 hours after fatal dump truck crash

Tribune-Review
| Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:33 p.m
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Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
First responders work at the scene of a deadly crash on 279 southbound on April 17, 2018.
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Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
First responders work at the scene of a deadly crash on Interstate 279 southbound on April 17, 2018.
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One person was killed in a crash on the Parkway North on April 17, 2018.
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Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
First responders work at the scene of a deadly crash on Interstate 279 southbound on April 17, 2018.

Interstate 279 reopened to southbound traffic shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, about 12 hours after a chain-reaction crash that killed a 64-year-old Munhall man.

Southbound travel on the highway also known as Parkway North will be restricted to one lane between the Bellevue/West View exit in Ross and Perrysville Avenue for the rest of the night, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said.

The highway’s outbound lanes had been closed from Perrysville Avenue to Camp Horne Road for most of the day.

About 5 a.m., a dump truck hit a concrete barrier in a construction zone, swerved across lanes and wound up on a guardrail, state police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka told the Trib.

The driver of the dump truck, Bryant Beiter, died in the crash . He worked for a North Huntingdon company and was hauling slag dust.

Crews plan to repair the guard rail about 1 a.m., Cowan said. He expected the work to be completed in time to reopen to two lanes by the time rush hour hits Wednesday morning.

I-279 is used by about 100,000 vehicles a day.

Traffic already has been heavier than usual along the highway — particularly the northbound lanes during afternoon rush hour.

A roughly five-mile stretch in Ohio and Ross townships was rerouted over the weekend to clear space for construction crews to advance the $88 million I-279 Parkway North Improvement Project.

The major lane changes begin just south of McKnight Road interchange. Northbound traffic splits into two lanes — a local lane that stays to the right, and an express lane that veers left over the carpool lanes and onto a newly created lane bordering I-279 southbound travelers.

The express lane will not provide motorists access to Perrysville Avenue (Exit 5), Bellevue/West View (Exit 7) or Camp Horne Road (Exit 8).

Check the latest traffic conditions and view live video feeds at 511PA.com. Subscribe to Parkway North updates by emailing stcowan@pa.gov with “Subscribe — Parkway North” in the subject line.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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