State Police have released the identity of the victim of an Interstate 80 chain-reaction involving four commercial vehicles last Thursday evening as 54 year-old Joseph Bieganowski, from Warren, Ohio.
Troopers say Bieganowski was trapped inside the cab of his car hauler, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The eastbound lanes of I-80 between the Clintonville and St. Petersburg/Emlenton exits were closed for about three hours following the series of collisions, and traffic was limited to only one lane for an additional three hours.
Police reports indicate that Bieganowski’s rig did not slow for stopped traffic approaching the Emlenton Bridge construction zone, and plowed into the rear of a tractor-trailer operated by 64 year-old James Beatty, from Nicktown. Beatty’s rig was knocked into a tractor-trailer driven by 61 year-old Calvin Tartt, from Canton, Ohio. Tartt’s unit was then pushed into a tractor-trailer operated by 37 year-old Alonzo Pipkin, from Columbus.
None of the other three drivers was injured.