CUMBERLAND VALLEY TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY - An early morning fatal crash shuts down one area highway and causes a big concern for emergency responders. The problem came from materials being transported in one the trucks. One of the trucks involved in this fatal accident was hauling boxes marked radioactive materials. That caused emergency crews dispatched to the scene to take some extra precautions.
The crash occurred on a foggy State Route 220 in Bedford County just before six Wednesday morning. Two pick-up trucks collided head-on on the narrow two lane road about four miles north of Centerville. The driver of one of the trucks was killed in the collision. Emergency crews responding to the scene had to proceed with extra caution because the driver who was killed was transporting boxes of potentially hazardous material. Authorities who visited the scene said the boxes marked radioactive were medical waste products. Because of that labeling, special care was being taken to make sure the emergency workers on the scene were not exposed to hazardous conditions. After the the potentially dangerous materials were secured, emergency crews were able to take care of the accident scene and clean-up. State Police out of the Bedford Barracks are in charge of the investigation.
The name of the driver who died in the crash has been identified as 46 year old Jeffrey Quirin of Altoona. State Police say he was hauling medical waste at the time of the fatal accident.