2 killed in wrong-way crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cranberry

2 killed in wrong-way crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cranberry

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two people were killed Saturday afternoon in a head-on crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Cranberry and New Castle, state police said.

Robert Humble, 85, of Cranberry, and Helen O'Halloran, 56, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, were killed in the crash.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. in the westbound lanes between mileposts 28.4 and 10.7.

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Pennsylvania State Police said Humble was driving east in the westbound lane and crashed head-on into the car O'Halloran was driving.

The Butler County chief deputy coroner pronounced both victims dead at the scene.

A passenger, James M. O'Halloran, 60, also of North Ridgeville, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in stable condition.

The westbound lanes were closed until around 6 p.m. while crews cleared the wreckage. Three hours after the crash, traffic was backed up for miles.

Many drivers said they were stranded for more than two hours, and some drivers were using the shoulder pull-off lane to drive against traffic while the lanes were closed. Some people walked to the Primanti Brothers restaurant in Cranberry to use the restrooms and left their cars on the turnpike.

State police said the crash remains under investigation.