Police: 3 dead, at least 1 injured in tractor-trailer, pickup truck crash

Three people are dead and at least one injured after a tractor-trailer slammed into a pickup truck in Salisbury Township this morning, police said.

The tractor-trailer was driving west on 340 with the right-of-way when the pickup truck drove south into the roadway from Churchtown Road, according to Trooper Ryan Lawrence.

The tractor-trailer apparently tried to swerve, but was unable to avoid the pickup in the crash about 8:20 a.m.

A man working at a nearby car dealership raced to the flaming wreckage and pulled an injured man through the pickup truck’s passenger window.

“I was just doing what needed to be done. There were people dying in there,” said Aaron Pittman, 28, of Honeybrook. He emptied two fire extinguishers onto flames.

Pittman, a mechanic, was working at Baldwin’s Used Cars, across from a house at 6104 Old Philadelphia Pike, where the tractor-trailer and pickup truck came to rest.

Two people were inside the house, but weren’t hurt and got out on their own. Fire damage to the house appeared to be limited to the outside.

The tractor-trailer driver was also taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was seen walking around after the crash.

Both roads remained closed at 10:20 while officials investigated.

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