Two people died following two separate crashes this weekend along bustling Interstate 380 in Monroe County.
Authorities said the first incident happened when a car and a tractor-trailer collided in the northbound lanes just before 5 p.m. Friday in Tobyhanna Township. The female driver of the car, identified as 54-year-old Svetlana Potchar of Long Pond, Monroe County was pronounced dead at the scene, said Monroe County Coroner Tom Yanac.
WNEP-16 News reported both the southbound and northbound were closed between Route 940 and Interstate 80 during the crash. A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who answered the phone at the Stroudsburg barracks Sunday morning said police didn’t have any further details on what caused the crash.
The second crash happened at 11:35 p.m. Friday at mile-marker 1.4, also in Tobyhanna Township.
Authorities said 29-year-old Tyler Santiago of Stroudsburg was driving a 1999 Toyota sedan when the car traveled off the highway and caught fire. The ignited car was 10 feet off the ground and lodged between trees when investigators arrived at the scene, according to police.
Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene, Yanac said. Pocono Summit firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.
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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at [email protected].
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