2 dead after tractor-trailer rams stopped cars

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 5:55 PM

BLANDON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into a line of stopped cars on an eastern Pennsylvania highway.

Berks County prosecutors allege that the tractor-trailer driver fell asleep at the wheel Wednesday and couldn't react in time to avoid the 6:30 a.m. crash on Route 222 in Maidencreek Township, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The county coroner's office identified the victims as 23-year-old Jeremy Augustine of Emmaus and 32-year-old Jane Harakal of Topton, who were drivers in separate vehicles.

Nine other people were injured, but Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Jonn Hollenbach said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The 50-year-old driver, who authorities have not identified, will face two counts of homicide by vehicle and numerous other charges in the crash.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/