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Published: Sunday, 10/20/2013 - Updated: 2 years ago

5 killed as 2 motorcycles collide with SUV in southern Pennsylvania


BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. — Five people were killed when two motorcycles collided with an SUV in south-central Pennsylvania near the Maryland line, authorities say.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner said the five died in the crash Saturday afternoon in Washington Township, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., reported.

Township police said two motorcycles traveling in the same direction collided head-on with the SUV, killing four people on the motorcycles and one person in the SUV.

Conner said officials still were notifying next of kin and couldn’t release further information.

Spokesmen for county and township police as well as the coroner couldn’t be reached early Sunday for further details.

Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said she went to the scene because of the high number of fatalities to support emergency workers.

“The scene was horrific,” she told the paper. “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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