Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cops ID woman killed in I-95 crash in Bensalem


Police have identified the woman killed in a morning crash on Interstate 95 as a 60-year-old woman from Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania State Police said Lorraine Deans died in the two-vehicle crash in Bensalelm that happened just after 8:30 a.m. Four other people suffered serious injuries in the crash, which disrupted traffic in both directions into early afternoon.

Police said a 2003 Buick LeSabre, in which Deans was a passenger, was traveling north on I-95 and side-swiped a 2013 Volkswagen Passat. The LaSabre then veered and struck the steel guide rail in the center median before rolling over several times, ejecting Deans and two others.

Police said the vehicle's driver, 67-year-old Dolores Brown, and the three other passengers, 72-year-old Margaret Solomon, 71-year-old Amelia Arango and 63-year-old Loraine Williams all suffered major injuries. 

Deans, Brown and Williams weren't wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle, authorities said.

The driver of the Volkswagen, 49-year-old Virginia Pera, was not harmed.

As of shortly before 2:30 p.m., all lanes in both directions were again moving freely. Some lanes in each direction were closed throughout the morning, and both sides were completely closed shortly after noon, as investigators tried to wrap up their work.

The injured were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale Campus in Northeast Philadelphia and Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City, according to a Bucks County dispatcher.

The location is just north of the Philadelphia border in Bucks County.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.
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