- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have identified the driver and passenger of a tractor-trailer killed when the rig struck a bridge support column on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate earlier this month.

The Lehigh County coroner’s office said 42-year-old Virgil Perry and 38-year-old Sharon Newsome of Tomahawk, Kentucky, were killed in the June 1 crash.

Authorities said Perry was driving the tractor-trailer on Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township on June 1. Police said the truck hit the center median and then a support under the Route 309/Route 145 overpass before catching fire.

Authorities said another truck then struck the first one, but that driver was uninjured.

The coroner’s office said that because of the condition of the remains, DNA testing was required to make positive identification of the victims.

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