An off-duty New Jersey state trooper was killed Sunday night in a fiery crash on Interstate 78 in northeastern Berks County, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Brian McNally, 30, of Bedminster, N.J., a Marine veteran and active reservist, was on his way home from weekend military duty when he was killed.
McNally worked out of the Washington Station with the New Jersey State Police.
Troopers said he was traveling in the left eastbound lane of I-78 near the Krumsville interchange in Greenwich Township when he encountered slow-moving traffic due to a backup from an active construction zone over the county line in Lehigh County.
According to troopers, McNally switched from the left lane into the right lane and crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer driven by Nuritdin Juraev, 33, of Windsor Mill, Md.
McNally was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Berks County coroner's office.
Juraev was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
After impact, the car McNally was driving burst into flames.
Firefighters from surrounding municipalities put out the fire.