Update: names released in fatal I-78 multi-vehicle crash involving 4 car fires

A seven vehicle crash killed three people and closed Interstate 78 eastbound most of Monday.

Traffic was slowing in the eastbound lane at mile marker 41.5 in Greenwich Township at 1:15 p.m. when a tractor trailer was unable to slow down and rear ended a car, said State Police Trooper David Beohm.

Seven total vehicles were involved in the accident, including four car fires and three fatalities.

Monday night, police released names of some of those involved, including drivers Vincente Espinvera, 56, Belleville, N.J.; Frank Burns, 37, Gettysburg; Austin Knerr, 33, Catasauqua; Richard Hamilton, 61, Amagansett, N.Y.; and John Hudock, 64, Pottsville.


The names of two deceased drivers and a passenger have not been released and were listed as “unknown.”

The driver of the tractor trailer complained of chest pains and was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center, according to Beohm.

I-78 eastbound at mile marker 35 and westbound at mile marker 45 was closed majority of the day. As of about 6 p.m., westbound lanes were open but eastbound lanes remained closed until about 10:30 p.m.

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