3 dead after SUV crash in Pennsylvania train station

A speeding sport utility vehicle slammed into a commuter rail station early Tuesday, killing the driver and two pedestrians and injuring a third person, police said.

The SUV driver spun out of control around a bend in the roadway and diagonally crossed an intersection before jumping a curb and crashing into a turnstile and then the wall of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Kensington and Allegheny station shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday . said the police.

“It looked like a bomb had gone off and everyone started running away,” witness Ariana Kmecak told WPVI-TV.

The driver of the SUV, a female pedestrian and a pedestrian were pronounced dead at the scene. Another pedestrian was taken to Temple University Hospital in serious but stable condition. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that a police officer on patrol in the area saw and heard the vehicle and reported that it was “obviously traveling at a very, very high speed”.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Hours later, just before noon on Tuesday, four people were shot dead in broad daylight on the street one block from the crash site, police said.

Police said an 18-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition and a 16-year-old girl and a 32-year-old man were listed as stable. No arrests were immediately reported. Four schools in the area were placed under lockdown, but that was lifted about an hour later.

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James H. Wright