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Pa. police identify drivers, passengers involved in deadly head-on crash

Pennsylvania State Patrol says one person was taken by helicopter to a hospital

BEAVER CO., Pa. (WKBN) - Two men were found dead, four people were sent to the hospital and a road was temporarily closed after a crash Saturday night in Beaver County. 

Pennsylvania State Patrol says they reported to a crash after one driver was going in the other direction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The crash was near mile marker 8.1.

The crash was around 11:45 p.m.

I-76 was closed for about four hours between New Castle and Gateway Ohio Connection -- that portion of road has been reopened. 

Officers say the driver going the wrong way hit another vehicle. Both drivers were reported dead at the scene.

76-year-old William Paxton was the driver of the Subaru Outback which was going the wrong way. He was wearing a seatbelt. 36-year-old Andrew Sworan was driving a Nissan Pathfinder. He was also wearing a seatbelt.

Police say the front passenger of the car going the wrong way, 74-year-old Kathleen Peluso, was taken by life flight to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Officers say there were three passengers in the other car. 40-year-old Jane Sworan and two children, ages four and five. Jane was wearing a seatbelt and both children were in safety seats. They were taken to St. Elizabeth Mercy Health in Youngstown by ambulance.

This crash is under investigation. Stick with us for the latest information. 


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