Josh Harris was just starting his day when the unimaginable happened.
“I was terrified,” he said. “I mean I don’t think I’ve been that afraid in a long time… it’s tough to see someone in your backyard die.”
He lives on County Rt. 60, parallel to I-86.
On Monday morning, a truck veered off of the highway and literally into the trees in his back yard.
“Came running out,” said Harris. “Called 911 in a panic and tried to get people here as fast as I could.”
Neighbor Charlie Juda witnessed it as well.
“I heard a loud bang.” said Juda. “I knew it was a crash and the flames were approximately 40 to 50 feet high.”
“Tried to get close enough to see if there’s anyway to get to the driver and I couldn’t get 10 feet from the truck the fire was so high,” said Harris.
The driver died as a result of the crash. State Troopers says it’s a tragic reminder for drivers.
Always be aware of your surroundings,” said Sgt. Rick Newell with State Police. “You never know, the car next to you, what it could do any given moment. Just take precaution when driving at all times.”
The west bound lane of I-86 near the Lowman exit was shut down briefly as a result of the crash. Police are still investigating the cause and have not released any details on the victim at this time.