Cops: Driver using phone caused I-70 tractor-trailer crash |

Cops: Driver using phone caused I-70 tractor-trailer crash

Paul Peirce

State police allege the driver of a tractor-trailer was on his cellphone when he crashed his rig Monday on I-70 in Hempfield, snarling highway traffic for more than three hours.

Trooper Zachary Webb of the Belle Vernon station alleges the driver, Ramandeep Singh, 32, of Manteca, Calif., was talking on his cellphone when he lost control, striking a guardrail, flipping the truck and trailer onto its side into a ditch. The crash occurred at 5:36 p.m..

The accident snarled eastbound traffic along the highway as emergency crews cleaned up the wreckage that closed both lanes near Milepost 55, two miles south of the New Stanton exit.

Police cited Singh for failure to remain in his lane of traffic.

Singh, who was wearing a seat belt, extricated himself from the truck and was not injured, Webb said. However, Webb reported the tractor-trailer and guardrail were extensively damaged.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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