Electrical beam falls onto several cars in Turnpike's Lehigh Tunnel

Driver killed after beam falls on vehicles in Lehigh Tunnel

70-year old Howard Sexton was killed when an electrical beam fell from the Lehigh Tunnel ceiling, going through the windshield of the cab and hitting him.

The southbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed Thursday morning, after an electrical beam fell onto several vehicles in the Lehigh Tunnel.

"Engineers spent a good portion of the day out there gathering information, looking at some of the equipment that's inside the tunnel, trying to determine what the cause might be", DeFebo said.

A coroner said Sexton's next-of-kin have been notified and an autopsy is planned.

Multiple vehicles sustained minor damage from the debris of the wreck.

"There was a conduit that had come down and struck some of the vehicles", a state trooper told the newspaper.

The southbound lanes through Lehigh Tunnel were shut down all night but transportation officials were able to reopen all lanes around 8 a.m. today.

Sexton was already dead when troopers and turnpike maintenance workers reached his truck on the shoulder of the highway.

No other injuries have been reported.

Pennsylvania State Police are also investigating this incident along with the Turnpike Commission.

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