The road is a dangerous place to be, but when your vehicle breaks down in the middle of a Pennsylvania road, the situation can become far more treacherous. This was proven true when a mother and her adult son from Philadelphia were killed on Route 309. As of now, the cause of the break down and the cause of the car accident are both being looked into.
The 54-year-old woman and her 21-year-old son, who would have been celebrating his birthday the next day, were killed when a red Lexus SUV hit them. They were examining their malfunctioning car. The son was examining the engine while his mother was behind the vehicle when the SUV slammed into their rear end. EMTs were called to the scene but neither victim could be saved.
The car accident happened around 1:20 p.m. just south of the exit for the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Camp Hill Road overpass. It wasn't until later that evening that traffic returned to normal.
Meanwhile, the woman driving the Lexus SUV was taken to the hospital with non-fatal injuries. A media chopper arrived on the scene twenty minutes after the wreck. In addition to the damaged that resulted, the road was closed and re-routed for several hours in order for crews to clean and for police to investigate the cause of the car accident, which will likely focus on the speed and location of each vehicle as well as road and visibility conditions. Pennsylvania roadways can be a dangerous place; however, remembering to pay attention to the road can do more than just save your life but also the lives of those around you.
Source: NBC Philadelphia, "M.E. IDs Mom, Son Killed in Route 309 Crash," Dan Stamm, May 15, 2012