SPRINGVILLE TOWNSHIP -- A man is dead after a fiery crash in Susquehanna County on Friday.
It happened just before 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 29 and State Route 3004 in Springville Township.
State police said Andrew Stevens, 27, of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was at a stop sign with two other vehicles when a water tanker truck failed to stop and slammed into the back of Stevens' vehicle, which caused a fiery chain-reaction crash.
Stevens' mother-in-law, Karin Dorman, told Newswatch 16 her son-in-law was in the military and he was just home for his sister's wedding this weekend and is the father of two young boys.
"My daughter is just at a loss, because how do you tell two little boys? They love their daddy. How do you tell them?" said Dorman.
Family members said Stevens was with his family earlier in the day, then he left to get a hunting rifle from his father just a few miles down the road. When he didn't return, they began to worry.
Stevens' mother and wife and other family members rushed to the scene.
They described the vehicle as unrecognizable.
Dorman said her son-in-law was a great father. He was a Marine who had served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was in town for his sister's wedding this weekend.
He was devoted to his family, and even had his sons' names and their handprints tattooed on his chest.
"I'm just thankful the boys weren't with him, because that would have been devastating, and his mother is getting over her last chemo treatment. She's just recovering," said Dorman.
State police said the drivers of the other vehicles did get out uninjured.
The deadly crash in Susquehanna County is under investigation.