Deceased Man In Sunday Night’s I-79 Crash Identified As Zelienople Resident

November 29, 2013
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The name of the driver of an S-U-V who died when his vehicle slammed into the rear of a PennDOT plow truck on Interstate 79 last Sunday night has finally been released.

Police officials in Mercer County say 52 year-old James Fanning, from Zelienople, was identified through his dental records.

Fanning was traveling south on I-79 just south of the highway’s Route 62 exit shortly after 7:00 PM Sunday when his S-U-V struck the rear of the snow plow he was following, spun and caught fire.  State Police investigators believe that Fanning had been traveling at a high rate of speed.

Troopers said the operator of the PennDOT plow truck, Jason McGhee from Mercer, was not hurt in the crash.

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