W. Norriton man dies in Turn­pike ac­ci­dent

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Tony Fioriglio

afior­iglio@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

A West Norriton man lost his life Mon­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a traf­fic ac­ci­dent on the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike.

Michael R. San Felice, 66, was killed when a box truck over­turned, trap­ping two oc­cu­pants and block­ing off both east­bound lanes, clos­ing a seven-mile stretch of the road­way be­tween the Val­ley Forge exit and the Nor­ris­town exit.

Al­though the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 a.m., po­lice with­held the name of the vic­tim in or­der to pro­vide ad­e­quate time to no­tify all fam­ily mem­bers. The in­for­ma­tion was re­leased at a 3:30 p.m. press con­fer­ence at the West Norriton Town­ship Build­ing.

“We thank you for your pa­tience in re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion as the chil­dren were lit­er­ally just no­ti­fied as they fin­ished their day of school,” said state Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150, who served as a spokesman for the fam­ily.

San Felice, who had been an em­ployee of the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike for 12 years, start­ing as a me­chanic be­fore work­ing for high­way main­te­nance, is sur­vived by his wife, Kath­leen, daugh­ters Joy Ronan and Mon­ica Spat­ac­cino and three grand­chil­dren.

“Any­one who knew Mike, his

was all about his three grand­chil­dren,” said Vereb. “To­day, Penn­syl­va­nia, Mont­gomery County, the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike Com­mis­sion and our fam­ily here in West Norriton Town­ship lost a strong leader and a dear friend.”

In ad­di­tion to work­ing for the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike for the last 12 years, San Felice had served in the U.S. Army for two years, in­clud­ing a one-year tour in Viet­nam. He also served as the di­rec­tor of the Jef­fer­son Fire Com­pany since 1985.

The stretch of road where the ac­ci­dent oc­curred was closed for nearly eight hours EHIRUH EHLnJ UHRSHnHG WR WUaI­fiF aW aS­SUR[Lmately 4 p.m. The Turn­pike Com­mis­sion, along with the state po­lice, is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

Photo by GENE WALSH

Emer­gency per­son­nel re­spond to a fatal ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a box truck on the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike east­bound near the Ridge Pike over­pass in Ply­mouth Mon­day.

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