Two Pennsylvania troopers and a civilian got killed after being hit by a car on Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia, revealed the state’s officials on Monday.
The incident took place at around 12:40 am that resulted in three casualties, reported the Pennsylvania State Police in a Twitter statement.
The troopers were on their routine patrol when they were trying to get the civilian on I-95, said the officials, reported the NBC Philadelphia.
The driver tried to go over the outer lane of the highway to avoid a clash in either case, however, ended up striking all three of them. The accident’s impact threw them into the I-95 northbound lanes, said the police to NBC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“The crash took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 at about 12:40 a.m., state police said. It was not immediately clear what happened. Television news video showed a wrecked patrol SUV and debris scattered across the roadway,” wrote The Intelligencer on Twitter.
“Frances and I are deeply saddened by the loss of these two troopers and the individual they were assisting,” Tweeted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf after the incident report. “We’re praying for their loved ones. This tragedy is a reminder that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect us and our communities.”
It is yet to be determined whether the driver will be charged for the accident. However, the highway was shut from Broad Street to the Walt Whitman Bridge.
“Our thoughts and prayer are with the families and friends of the two Pennsylvania State Troopers who were struck and killed while making a traffic stop this morning”, Tweeted National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
“My deepest condolences go out to the @PAStatePolice community along with the families, friends, and loved ones of the three individuals who were killed in this morning’s accident in I-95,” wrote Senator Pat Toomey about the people affected by Monday’s crash.
NBC10 Philadelphia just reported that the interstate has been re-opened in South Philadelphia after being closed for several hours due to the brutal incident.
No further information has been released regarding the Pennsylvania crash, from the authorities at the moment nor the names of the victims.