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5 from Pa. die as motorcycles, SUV crash near Md.

October 20, 2013
Associated Press

WAYNESBORO, Pa. (AP) — A local coroner on Sunday identified five Pennsylvania residents as the victims of a horrific crash involving two motorcycles and an SUV near the Maryland state line.

All four people traveling on the motorcycles died, as did Marjorie Smith, 68, of Johnstown, who was a passenger in the SUV, according to Franklin County coroner Jeffrey Conner.

The motorcyclists were Douglas Hoffer Jr., 32, of Quarryville; Colleen Nesbitt, 27, of Gap; and David Russell, 67, and Michelle Russell, 53, both of Mount Joy.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon in the south-central Pennsylvania community of Washington Township, not far from Waynesboro.

According to Conner, the northbound SUV crossed the center line on Fort Ritchie Access Road for unknown reasons and hit the motorcycle driven by Hoffer. The SUV then spun around and was broadsided by the Russells' bike, he said in a statement.

Conner would not comment on the relationships among the victims. Washington Township police released no further information about the accident on Sunday.

Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that she went to the scene because of the high number of fatalities to support emergency workers. Grief counselors were on hand, she said.

"The scene was horrific," said Gladhill. "It's probably the worst single accident with that many fatalities in the township."

Gladhill did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Sunday.

 
 

 

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