Local News

Nassau man killed in PA highway crash

EAST HANOVER TOWNSHIP, PA — A Nassau man returning home from college was killed Sunday in a car crash on a Pennsylvania highway.

State Police said Thomas O’Neill, 20, was traveling north near mile marker 83 on Interstate 81 just before 7:00 p.m. when a tractor-trailer crossed the center median and into his lane.

The tractor-trailer first made contact with the rear end of a Chevrolet Impala before hitting the driver’s side door of O’Neill’s Scion TC Coupe.

O’Neill was a 2016 graduate of Columbia High School in East Greenbush and a student at Virginia Tech. News of his death prompted an outpouring of support on social media.

Funeral services have not yet been announced.

Neither the operator of the truck or the other car involved were injured.

State Police said the highway was closed for about 6 hours while the crash was investigated.


Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story erroneously identified Thomas O’Neill as being 20 years old. This information came from the Pensylvania State Police. The Upstate Courier has updated the story to accurately identify Thomas O’Neill as being 20 years old at the time of his death. The Courier regrets this error. 

Dylan Rossiter

Dylan is the Founder and Editor-at-Large of The Upstate Courier. In the past, he has been a beat reporter covering Section II Athletics, Siena College men's basketball, the Tri-City ValleyCats, and breaking news. In Dylan's current role, he oversees newsroom operations and long-term planning. Dylan is a native of Castleton-on-Hudson and a graduate of Maple Hill High School.

Related Articles