A single-vehicle accident has left two dead and injured several more, according to local sources. The fatal accident happened on the afternoon of April 20, and both the driver and one passenger were killed. Several other people were taken to local hospitals, The accident is still under investigation by Pennsylvania authorities as of this report.
According to the accident report, the 69-year-old driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which was headed along East Hornbrook Road at the time. The vehicle crashed into a tree, killing the driver and one 45-year-old passenger, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Three other passengers, two teens and a 46-year-old man, were all injured in the crash.
It is unclear the extent of their injuries at this time, but they were all taken to local hospitals for treatment. Police do not know why the car left the road, but they have not ruled out speed or intoxication. A routine autopsy of the driver will likely be scheduled to determine whether or not the man was drunk at the time of the crash.
If it turns out the driver was in some way responsible for the fatal accident, the family of the deceased, as well as the injured passengers, will be entitled to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against his estate. In the absence of a criminal charge, evidence will still have to be collected to prove the driver was at fault. This evidence would then be presented to a Pennsylvania civil court.
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Source: mytwintiers.com, “PA State Police Release ID of Victims in Double Fatal Crash”, Zach Wheeler, April 21, 2016