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Motorcycle & SUV collision leaves 5 dead in Franklin County

A devastating accident between two motorcycles and an SUV ended in terrible tragedy this past weekend. Five people were killed, four of them on the motorcycles, when a collision took place in Franklin County, PA near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. The accident happened Saturday afternoon in Washington Township, not far from Waynesboro, less than five miles from the state line.

Each motorcycle held a driver with a passenger on the back and the SUV is reported as containing the driver, who survived, and a passenger, who unfortunately did not. It is not known if the two couples on the motorcycle had a destination or if they were simply out for weekend ride.

The Franklin County coroner has reported that his findings show the SUV was traveling northbound on the Fort Richie Access Road and crossed the yellow, center road line. The SUV struck one of the motorcycles and, as the SUV then spun out of control, it collided with the other motorcycle.

While the coroner did not release much information about the people involved, he did say that one of the couples was a married 67-year-old man and his 53-year-old wife from Mount Joy, PA; and that the other was a 27-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man from Gap and Quarrysville, respectively. The passenger in the SUV who perished was a 68-year-old woman from Johnstown, PA.

The Washington Township Supervisor reportedly joined the effort to help emergency workers due to number of fatalities. She said that she has called on grief counselors to support anyone close to the victims.

Source: ABCnews.com, "5 from Pa. Die as Motorcycles, SUV Crash Near Md." 20 October 2013

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