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Massive Pennsylvania Pileup Kills Three, Injures 73

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

At least three people died and another 73 were injured in a pileup accident involving 64 vehicles in Bethel Township over the weekend.

Details about the Deadly Pileup

Lebanon Daily News is reporting that the accident on Interstate 78 is being blamed on low visibility caused by blowing snow. The accident happened in the Bethel Township and involved some 64 vehicles, including 12 tractor-trailers. Three people died in the accident, and 73 people were taken to 11 different area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

The victims, 50-year-old Kenneth Lesko, 54-year-old Francisca Pear, and 57-year-old Alfred Kinnick were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Those that suffered injuries were taken to various hospitals in the Pinnacle Health network in and around the Harrisburg area.

A number emergency crews and fire departments from the area responded to the scene. Fire departments from Lebanon, Berks, and Lancaster counties all responded to the accident, including four emergency helicopters.

Fire Chief Richard Kreitzer, of the Bunker Hill Fire Company, said that this was probably the worst vehicle accident he had ever seen in his career. The Fire Chief also said that the company usually has to use the Jaws of Life to cut out 4-5 people per year, but cut out as many people in this one accident.

Kreitzer further stated that the crash occurring on a weekend was a good thing because there was less traffic on the roadways, and because if the accident had taken place during the week, many of his crew would have been at work at another job.

Statistics about Accidents in Winter-Weather

According to a study by that was originally conducted by the University of Georgia:

  • An average of more than 800 people die each year due to traffic accidents that have been caused by snow, sleet, or freezing rain.
  • Upstate New York had one of the highest rate of fatalities in winter weather-related vehicle accidents possible due to the geographical location of being downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario.
  • From 1996-2011, more than 12,000 people in the United States died in vehicle accidents that happened during winter weather. 


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