Michael Smatlak, Terry Danner & James Hawkins Killed in Accident in Cumberland, NY
Cumberland, NY -- A three-vehicle crash involving a dump truck and a tractor-trailer claimed the lives of Michael Smatlak, Terry Danner and James Hawkins in Cumberland, NY Wednesday, December 27, 2016.
The initial collision took place when a dump truck driven by Mr. Smatlak on I-81 crossed the center line and struck a tractor-trailer. In the moments following the first crash, a pickup truck headed north crashed into the two vehicles from the initial incident.
Mr. Smatlak and 61-year-old Terry Danner, the driver of the pickup truck, were transported to Hershey Medical Center. The report claims they both died some time later.
45-year-old Mr. Hawkins, the driver of the semi-truck, was killed at the scene of the incident.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, but police say the dump truck's tire blew out.
The official investigation is currently underway.