Northeast Times

One fatality in violent crash on I-95

A vi­ol­ent high-speed crash on In­ter­state 95 killed one Phil­adelphia wo­man and in­jured four oth­ers on Fri­day morn­ing.

Pennsylvania State Po­lice iden­ti­fied the fatal­ity as Lor­raine Deans, 60, and the in­jured wo­men as Dolores Brown, 67; Mar­garet So­lomon, 72; Amelia Arango, 71; and Lo­raine Wil­li­ams, 63. Po­lice did not re­lease their ad­dresses.

The crash oc­curred at 8:36 a.m. on north­bound I-95 near mile mark­er 34, just south of the Wood­haven Road in­ter­change in Ben­s­alem. Ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port, Brown was driv­ing a 2003 Buick LeS­abre with the four oth­er vic­tims as pas­sen­gers. Brown’s vehicle was trav­el­ing in the left lane when it made an un­safe lane change and sideswiped an­oth­er car trav­el­ing in the cen­ter lane, po­lice said. The Buick then veered sharply to the left, struck a steel guard­rail and rolled sev­er­al times in­to a grassy me­di­an strip. The car came to rest in the me­di­an on its driver’s side.

The driver, Deans and Wil­li­ams were not wear­ing seat­belts and were ejec­ted from the car, po­lice said. So­lomon and Arango wore seat­belts and re­mained in­side the car. Deans died at the scene. The four oth­er wo­men were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale and Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al with “ma­jor in­jur­ies,” po­lice said.

The second car in­volved was a 2013 Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat. The driver, a 49-year-old Phil­adelphia wo­man, was not in­jured. She re­mained at the scene as po­lice ar­rived. ••

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