At least five are dead and dozens more injured after a multi-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset, Pennsylvania early Sunday, according to NBC News.
At least two remain in critical condition.
Trouble on the Turnpike
The crash occurred just before 4 a.m. Sunday. According to NBC, it involved “a tour bus, three tractor-trailers, and a passenger vehicle.”
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stephen Limani told NBC that “about 60 patients were transported to three hospitals” after the incident, which police described as a “chain-reaction type crash.”
According to NBC, the accident occurred when a bus traveling from New Jersey to Ohio “failed to complete a turn.”
“That bus went up an embankment, rolled over and then was subsequently hit by two tractor-trailers,” Limani told the network. “Another tractor-trailer came and collided with those two-tractor trailers.”
The highway was shut down for hours in both directions following the accident, according to the Associated Press.
The worst in decades
Those wounded from the crash range in age from 7 to 67, according to the AP. NBC reported that “the majority of the tour bus passengers appeared to be foreign travelers who did not speak English.”
“We’ve been working really close with them to make sure we are able to provide all of the necessary things to try and make them feel as best we can considering this horrific event that they had to go through,” Limani said of the victims, many of whom lost their passports and other belongings in the crash.
Among the dead, according to the AP, are two UPS drivers, who were identified by a spokesperson for the company as 53-year-old Daniel Kepner and 48-year-old Dennis Kehler. Three others who were killed in the crash have not yet been named by police.
But while the survivors are surely grateful to have escaped with their lives, the trouble isn’t over for them. According to the AP, Mark Rubino, president of one of the hospitals that treated the victims, said that many of the patients his facility took in “were not only physically injured but they were traumatized from a mental standpoint as well.”
“I haven’t personally witnessed a crash of this magnitude in 20 years,” Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said of the accident, according to the AP. “It’s horrible.”