Wrong-way turnpike crash kills 2 drivers
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
(Big Beaver, Pa) — Authorities say a wrong-way crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in western Pennsylvania killed two people and sent four other people to hospitals.
State police say a man was driving a sport utility vehicle east in the westbound lanes of the turnpike for about eight miles before he struck a westbound SUV shortly before midnight Saturday in the borough of Big Beaver in Beaver County.
Police say both drivers were killed. They were identified as 76-year-old William Paxton of Pittsburgh and 36-year-old Andrew Sworan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Paxton’s 74-year-old female passenger was flown to UPMC Presbyterian with serious injuries.
A 40-year-old woman and two children _ a 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy _ in the second SUV were taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Mercy Health in Youngstown, Ohio, with possible injuries.