9-year-old girl, 2 central Pa. UPS drivers among 5 killed in Pa. Turnpike crash

  • Matt Miller/PennLive

(Greensburg) — Two central Pennsylvania UPS employees are among the dead from a massive crash that killed five people and injured about 60 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday.

Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha has identified the central Pennsylvania fatalities as Dennis L. Kehler, 48, of Lebanon, and Daniel J. Kepner, 53, of Lewistown. Both were UPS employees and were traveling out of Harrisburg, a company spokeswoman said.

Also killed in the crash were bus driver Shuang Quing Feng, 58, of Flushing, N.Y., and two of his passengers, Eileen Zelis Aria, 35, of Bronx, N.Y., and 9-year-old Jaremy Vazquez of Brooklyn, N.Y., the coroner said.

The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. at mile marker 86.1 in the westbound lanes in Mount Pleasant Township. The Turnpike was closed until about 6 p.m.

State police said the bus, which was filled with passengers, was heading downhill when Feng wasn’t able to make a turn and hit an embankment. The bus rolled and was hit by three tractor-trailers and a passenger vehicle.

Stephen Limani, a public relations officer for the Pennsylvania State Police, said the crash was similar to a chain reaction and involved a bus operated by the Z&D Tour company.

“As they were traveling on that bus, it was headed on a downhill grade and the bus was unable to negotiate a corner. That bus went up an embankment, rolled over and then was subsequently struck by two tractor trailers,” Limani said at a press conference. “Another tractor trailer came and collided with those two tractor trailers, and there was another passenger car that was also involved in this crash.”

The 52-passenger bus owned by Z&D Tour Inc. of Rockaway, N.J., was bound from Rockaway to Cincinnati, Ohio.

The National Traffic Safety Board, state police and the Turnpike Commission all are investigating the crash.

 

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