Turnpike worker victim of deadly truck crash

Posted: October 23, 2012

A PENNSYLVANIA Turnpike worker who fought with distinction in Vietnam was killed Monday morning in a crash on the eastbound lanes near Plymouth Township.

Michael R. Sanfelice, 66, of West Norriton, was standing near a turnpike-commission maintenance truck when a box truck crashed into it.

The box truck overturned, and Sanfelice was hit by the maintenance truck, authorities said. He was killed and three others were injured.

"Today, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and all of Montgomery County has lost a strong leader and a dear friend," state Rep. Mike Vereb, whose district includes West Norriton, said in a statement. "Mike will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to his family during this trying time."

Sanfelice leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Kathleen, their two daughters and three grandchidren.

He started working for the turnpike commission 12 years ago, first as a mechanic and recently in the highway-maintenance division.

Sanfelice completed a one-year tour in Vietnam in 1966 and earned several medals, authorities said.

Since 1985, Sanfelice had served as director of the Jefferson Fire Company. He was also a member of the West Norriton Civil Service Commission and the Frank C. Parker Jr. and Son American Legion Post 901, a local veterans organization.

Contact Sara Khan at khans@phillynews.com or 215-854-5713.

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