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5 die as motorcycles, SUV crash in southern Pa.

October 20, 2013
Associated Press

WAYNESBORO, Pa. (AP) — Five people were killed when two motorcycles collided with an SUV in south-central Pennsylvania near the Maryland line.

Washington Township police said two motorcycles traveling in the same direction collided head-on with the SUV on Saturday afternoon in Franklin County, killing four people on the motorcycles and one person in the SUV. The scene of the crash is about 70 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

Authorities did not release the victims' names, saying police were still notifying next of kin. Police and the Franklin County coroner provided no further details early Sunday.

Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., she went to the scene because of the high number of fatalities to support emergency workers.

"The scene was horrific," she said. "It's probably the worst single accident with that many fatalities in the township."

She said grief counselors were sent to the scene and Fort Ritchie Access Road, where the accident occurred, was closed for about five hours.

 
 

 

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