Investigators are trying to identify a man killed in a fiery crash early this morning along Interstate 279 in Ross that delayed for hours the opening of the HOV lanes for traffic heading into Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robin Mungo said the vehicle, possibly a Jeep Wrangler, was engulfed in flames and burned so badly that investigators couldn't read the license plate.
"This was a very violent crash," Trooper Mungo said.
State police said a man was traveling north in the HOV lanes at 2:28 a.m. when his vehicle hit a barrier, went airborne and rolled onto its roof, coming to rest in the median. The vehicle then burst into flames with the driver still inside.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allegheny County medical examiner's office. State police are investigating the cause of the crash and hope to identify the driver today.
The HOV lanes reopened around 8 a.m.
First Published February 4, 2014 4:52 AM