Pennsylvania Turnpike Accident: At Least 5 Dead and 60 Injured, Officials Say

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Five people were killed and 60 others injured in a multivehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early on Sunday, an official said.

The official, Carl DeFebo, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, said two tractor-trailers, a tour bus and one passenger vehicle were involved in the crash, which happened about 4 a.m. near New Stanton, Pa., about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Eighteen people, including 12 adults and six children and teenagers, were taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Somerset, a hospital spokeswoman said. They were treated and later released.

Thirty patients, ages 7 to 52, were transported to Excela Frick Hospital, a spokesman for Excela Health said. And three, he added, were taken to trauma centers in Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was shut down in both directions between the New Stanton and Breezewood exits.

Details on the other passengers and what led to the crash were not immediately available.

Officials from the Westmoreland County coroner’s office and Pennsylvania State Police were at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board has been alerted, Mr. DeFebo said.

It was too soon to say whether the crash was related to the weather, he said.

FedEx, which had a tractor-trailer involved in the crash, said in a statement: “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the individuals involved in this accident. There is no higher priority for FedEx Ground than safety, and we are cooperating fully with investigating authorities at this time.”

Mihir Zaveri contributed reporting.

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