5 die as motorcycles, SUV crash in Pa.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Five people were killed when two motorcycles collided with an SUV in south-central Pennsylvania near the Maryland line.

Washington Township police said two motorcycles traveling in the same direction collided head-on with the SUV on Saturday afternoon in Franklin County, killing four people on the motorcycles and one person in the SUV. The crash occurred about 70 miles southwest of Harrisburg.

The Franklin County coroner said Sunday that all the victims are from Pennsylvania.


The four motorcyclists who died are 67-year-old David Russell and 53-year-old Michelle Russell of Mount Joy, 32-year-old Douglas Hoffer Jr. of Quarryville, and 27-year-old Colleen Nesbitt of Gap. Also killed was 68-year-old Marjorie Smith of Johnstown, who was a passenger in the SUV.

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Coroner Jeffrey Conner said the crash happened Saturday when the SUV crossed the center line and hit the motorcycle driven by Hoffer.

The SUV then spun around and was broadsided by the Russells’ bike.

Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill went to the scene because of the high number of fatalities, to support emergency workers.

‘‘The scene was horrific,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s probably the worst single accident with that many fatalities in the township.’’


She said grief counselors were sent to the scene and Fort Ritchie Access Road, where the accident occurred, was closed for about five hours.

Associated Press