ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – A wrong-way crash on Route 283 in Lancaster County was the reason why a 20-year-old man died last Tuesday night.
According to the Northwest Regional police from reports given by witnesses, the fatality was identified as Harley David Johnson, residing in Parkesburg, He was driving a red Kia going eastbound in a westbound lane; consequently, he collided head-on with a tractor-trailer hauling 40 head of dairy cows.
It was around 10:30 o’clock in the evening when the crash occurred in the vicinity of the Elizabethtown Road overpass in Mount Joy Township.
Johnson had a passenger who was identified as 18-year-old Ashley Kreider, resident of Paradise. She was immediately transported to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the medical staff listed her condition as serious.
The operator of the tractor-trailer, identified as 55-year-old Garwood Moyer, a resident of New Albany, Pa. He was not injured in the crash. None of the 40 head of dairy cows he was hauling was injured..
To avoid a traffic jam, Route 283 westbound was closed in the area for nearly seven hours while police was conducting the investigation and the crew was clearing up the debris..
Police have asked the help of witnesses to provide more information. They are trying to find out why Johnson was going to the wrong direction. They are confident that some of the witnesses, including a van that was sideswiped by the Kia will have more data to add.
Anyone with information is asked to call Northwest Regional police at 717-367-8481.
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