1 killed, 5 injured in Schuylkill Expressway crash; hit-and-run driver sought

Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who they say struck three people after they were ejected from a vehicle that crashed on the Schuylkill Expressway early Tuesday morning.

According to state police, a 46-year-old woman was driving eastbound near Montgomery Drive when she collided with a Honda Civic, causing her minivan to flip over the median and land in the left lane of I-76 Westbound. Three of the five minivan passengers were ejected in the process.

Shortly after the collision, a passing van struck the ejected passengers. Police say the driver stopped briefly before fleeing the scene.

The minivan driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The minivan's four surviving passengers and the operator of the Honda Civic, a 25-year-old man from Philadelphia, were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Authorities have yet to identify the deceased, and the extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

Police describe the alleged hit-and-run driver as a clean shaven white man, possibly in his 20s or early 30s who was wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt. The fleeing vehicle is described as a white work van, possibly a RAM ProMaster-style vehicle with front end damage.

East and westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway reopened at Montgomery Drive nearly four hours after the fatal crash.

Anyone with information about the accident or driver sought is urged to contact Trooper Martin Mack or Trooper James Leitch of the Pennsylvania State Police at 215-452-5216.