Police release names, more details on I-80 crash

Clarion state police have released more details about Sunday’s crash on Interstate 80 in which six people were injured.

The accident occurred about 7:35 a.m. at mile marker 69.9 in Clarion Township.

Police said Maurice Morgan, 27, of Warren, Ohio, was traveling west on I-80 when he fell asleep at the wheel. Morgan awoke when his Chevrolet Silverado was traveling on the rumble strips on the north berm of the highway, police said.

Morgan then yanked the wheel to the left, crossing both lanes of traffic and traveling into the median, police said. The truck then traveled through some brush and small trees prior to crossing into the eastbound travel lanes.

Rakesh Humar, 39 of Erie, was traveling east on I-80 when Morgan came into Humar’s travel lane and struck his Honda CRV head-on, police said.

After impact, the Silverado came to rest facing south and blocking both eastbound travel lanes. Humar’s CRV came to rest over the embankment on its roof facing west, police said.

All occupants of the Honda were taken to various hospitals via ambulance and medical helicopters. Their injuries ranged from unknown severity to serious injuries.

Rakesh Humar was taken to a medical facility with a suspected serious injury, and Ruba Kumari, 33 of Erie, was transported with injuries of an unknown severity, police said.

Kulendra Prasad and Pavrath Devi, both of Erie, were transported to medical facilities with suspected serious injuries. A 13-year-old girl and three-year-old girl whose names were withheld were also transported with suspected injuries.

Morgan and his three occupants weren’t injured.

Morgan was cited for driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

Multiple EMS units and Stat MedEvac units assisted at the scene.

Also assisting were Corsica and Clarion fire departments, PennDOT, Clarion state police and forensic units.

Several motorists also stopped to help before medical personnel arrived.