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This was the wreckage of a 2003 Ford involved in an accident Saturday on I-376 at the Mount Jackson exit. The driver, Thomas F. Hughes of Pittsburgh, was killed.

A car and tractor-trailer collision left one man dead Saturday in North Beaver Township.

State police said Thomas F. Hughes, 78, of Pittsburgh, was killed on Interstate 376 at the Mt. Jackson exit. His 2003 Ford was struck from behind by the tractor-trailer.

The accident occurred at 11:13 a.m.

Police said Hughes’ vehicle was stopped in the eastbound right lane of I-376 at the time of accident. The tractor-trailer, operated by Cal L. Dittman, 26, of Fenelton, was in the same lane.

Dittman told a New Castle News photographer at the scene that it appeared to him that Hughes’ car was stopped and Dittman did not see any brake lights on his vehicle.

When the rig hit the car, it forced Hughes’ vehicle into a guardrail, and then it rolled over three times before stopping on the south berm. The truck jackknifed, blocking the highway.

Members of the North Beaver and Union township volunteer fire departments extricated Hughes from his vehicle. A helicopter was called in for transport, but later was canceled because Hughes was dead at the scene.

Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Eastbound traffic on I-376 from the Route 422 bypass to the Mt. Jackson exit was held up for several hours and vehicles were directed to turn around, causing vehicles to be traveling both directions on that section of the highway for awhile until it was cleared.

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