This has been a tragic month for teenagers on Pennsylvania roads. Within two days at the beginning of December, eight young people were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Three of the car accident victims were siblings.
The first of the two accidents occurred on the afternoon of Dec. 5 when five Oxford High School students were killed in a head-on collision on Route 94 in Adams County. The car accident victims included three males and two females between the ages of 17 and 15-years old.
An investigation is being conducted into the accident. It appears the teens’ northbound vehicle crossed into the southbound lanes and was then struck by a pickup truck towing an empty trailer. Police said that alcohol and drugs are not believed to have been factors in the crash.
Almost exactly twenty-four hours after the death of the five Adams County teens, three siblings were killed in a head-on crash in Lancaster County. The two-vehicle accident claimed the lives of two 16-year-old twin boys and their 9-year-old sister the afternoon of Dec. 6.
Police said that this accident appears to have been the result of wet road conditions which caused the sibling driving to lose control of the vehicle and swerve into an oncoming car on Route 72.
The driver of the other vehicle in the accident reportedly suffered not life-threatening injuries. The 48-year-old female was taken to a local medical center for treatment. Police are still requesting witness information about how the accident occurred.
Both of these fatal motor vehicle accidents were extremely tragic, and the families are requesting privacy as they work through the pain of losing loved ones.
Source: PennLive.com, “Adams counties claim young lives, including 3 siblings,” Dec. 6, 2011