Two Pennsylvania State Troopers Killed on I-95
Three people were killed recently in a collision on I-95. The fatalities included two state troopers and a civilian. Investigators believe the incident might be related to drunk driving.
According to Captain James B. Kemm, commanding officer for the state police in the Philadelphia region, there is an “active investigation that is DUI-related.” Kemm reported the force of the crash threw the troopers into the northbound lane.
When law enforcement arrived, witnesses were performing CPR on the three victims. All three were pronounced dead on the scene.
According to the police, the driver remained at the scene after the crash.
The incident occurred when officers approached a man walking in the southbound traffic lane near Lincoln Financial Field around 12:45 am. They attempted to bring the man into custody. A vehicle traveling at a high speed struck both of the officers and the civilian while attempting to pass in the shoulder lane.
Prosecutors did not release the name of the driver and have not filed charges. District Attorney Larry Krasner did say that although he couldn’t talk about the details, he did say that “a young driver is potentially facing extremely serious consequences.”
The state police identified the officers as Trooper Martin F. Mack III, an 8-year veteran, and Trooper Branden T. Sisca. Sisca joined the force in 2021. Officials were withholding the name of the civilian until after his family has been notified.
State Responds to Deaths of Two State Troopers
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered state flags be flown at half-mast in honor of the troopers shortly after their deaths were announced.
Interstate traffic was shut down for hours during the investigation of the crash site. Witnesses said they saw a police SUV with both driver-side doors ripped off.
Later that morning, Philadelphia police officers led a motorcycle procession to transport the bodies of the troopers away from the accident scene.
Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania state troopers have died in automobile crashes during the last century. This was the first fatal incident since 2017.
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