Coroner: Second victim of deadly I-77 crash ID’d

The second victim of Thursday’s fiery crash on Interstate 77 that killed two people and injured several others has been identified, according to the Chester County Coroner’s Office.

Chung-Tin Chu, 82, of Markham, Ontario, Canada, died of blunt force trauma. Chu had been sitting in the third row of a Dodge van involved in the crash, according to coroner Terry Tinker.

The van was carrying several people, including a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old. Every passenger in the van was wearing a seat belt.

Norman Edward Kimble, 59, of Rebersburg, Pa. was the first victim, identified Friday.

The S.C. Highway Patrol reports the crash began when a tractor-trailer rear-ended a slower vehicle. The wreck involved three tractor-trailers and three other vehicles, troopers say. Several other people were injured, and five medical helicopters responded to take those injured to hospitals.

Emergency officials say there were 14 people total in all the vehicles, and two people walked away from the crash unharmed. The extent of injuries is unknown.

Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the Highway Patrol said at least four of the vehicles involved were traveling north at a slow speed due to traffic congestion. He described the six-vehicle crash as a “chain reaction” that began when a northbound tractor-trailer rear-ended another vehicle.

That same tractor-trailer then crossed the median and struck a southbound tractor-trailer, and both trucks caught on fire, Miller said.

Kimble was driving the 2007 International truck, according to Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker. He died from blunt force trauma with ejection and thermal burns.

The crash shut down a portion of I-77 for several hours Thursday. The interstate was reopened by 10 p.m.

David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham