JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP., Pa. — Two people were killed and two were injured in three separate accidents on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County Saturday morning, officials said.
Officials said the accidents were in the same area. The first car hit a guide rail, officials said. A second and third car also crashed around 6:20 a.m.
The crash was not a chain reaction, but was a result of the first, according to officials.
Once the first accident occurred, a tractor-trailer stopped in the roadway because both lanes were blocked, according to Channel 11 News exchange partner The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
According to a release from state police, William Nace, 55, then lost control of his Buick LeSabre and slid sideways into the tractor-trailer. Both Nace and his passenger, Debra Nace, 47, were killed.
The two other passengers who were injured, according to police, were 15 and 12 years old. Both teens were in the same vehicle as the two people who were killed.
There was a medical helicopter on the scene. One teen was flown to the hospital and the other was taken by ambulance.
All lanes have been reopened.
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