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New Alexandria man dies of injuries from Route 30 crash

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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

A 29-year-old New Alexandria man died Monday from injuries he suffered in a three-truck crash along Route 30 in Somerset County that closed the highway for more than 8 hours.

James E. Harris Jr. was a passenger in a delivery truck that crashed shortly before 2 p.m. in Quemahoning Township, near Goldsmith Road in Stoystown, and he died from multiple injuries suffered in the wreck. Three other men were seriously injured.

State police in Somerset said Harris was a passenger in the 2009 GMC delivery truck operated by John Carlson, 49, of Youngwood. Police reported both Harris and Carlson are employees of the Oak Country Peddler, along Route 30 in Unity.

Police said Carlson was driving west when he traveled into the eastbound lane and struck an eastbound tri-axle coal truck, operated by Eric Makin Sr. , 50, of Windber, head on. After the collision, the tri-axle sideswiped a westbound Ford F-250 operated by Alvin Naugle Jr., 56, of Friedens.

Carlson, Makin and Naugle, who were all wearing safety restraints, were transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for treatment of injuries, according to police. Their conditions were not known.

Police said Makin's vehicle subsequently tipped over on its side after the two collisions, spilling its load of coal along the highway and caught fire.

Police and area firefighters immediately closed the highway and it remained closed after 10 p.m. Monday.

State police said the crash investigation is ongoing.

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