One person was killed in a fiery crash Wednesday on the Schuylkill Expressway involving a car and a tractor-trailer that toppled partially off an overpass onto a Fairmount Park roadway.

The crash occurred about 2:40 a.m. where the expressway passes over Sweet Briar Drive. It closed eastbound lanes in the area for hours.

The rig smashed into the barrier on the overpass and the trailer fell onto the drive, spilling a cargo of produce and catching fire. A car involved in the crash remained on the highway with damage to its rear.

Firefighters extinguishing a blaze in a trailer that fell to a Fairmount Park roadway after a deadly crash on the Schuylkill Expressway involving a tractor-trailer and a car.
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Firefighters extinguishing a blaze in a trailer that fell to a Fairmount Park roadway after a deadly crash on the Schuylkill Expressway involving a tractor-trailer and a car.

Numerous Philadelphia Fire Department units responded. Firefighters had to set up a relay between trucks to pour water on the burning trailer.

There was no immediate word on the conditions of anyone else involved in the crash.

The Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene after daylight. State police are investigating.