UPDATE: Three dead identified in tragic accident on Route 1
● By Steven Hoffman
A press release circulated on Oct. 17 by the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale identifies the three people who were killed in the single-vehicle crash in New Garden on the afternoon of Oct. 16, that also injured eight other riders.
The following vehicle occupants were pronounced dead at the scene: Nathan Royal, Liking Soeung and Thomas Lopez -- all of Philadelphia.
A story posted online by Philadelphia news station NBC10 said that a work van carrying 11 people was traveling in the southbound lanes of the Route 1 bypass near Newark Road on Wednesday shortly before 2:30 p.m. when the driver lost control.
The van ran off the highway, ejecting at least one of the passengers and trapping others.
NBC10 spoke to the sister of one of the passengers. The station reported that he had been working for about seven months and loading up trucks for Herr's Snacks, based in Nottingham.
A friend of the victim told the news station that they worked together at a temp agency that drove them from Philadelphia to Nottingham.
In a statement sent to NBC10 on Wednesday, a Herr’s spokesperson wrote, “It is our understanding at this time, although we have few details at this point, that this vehicle may have contained employees of a temp service we used. We have no other information at this time. They were not full-time employees of Herrs, and this is all we know at this point."
Officials have not revealed the cause of the crash, although it occurred as heavy rain fell throughout the area.
Route 1 southbound was closed between Route 82 and the Toughkenamon exit due to the crash, snarling traffic for miles. It was later reopened.
Police continue to investigate.
It has been a tragic week in Chester County. There have been six firearms fatalities, one homicide and five suicides, since Oct. 10.
In London Britain Township, there were two fatalities, believed at this time to be a murder-suicide, at a residence on Oct. 10. Following the initial investigation, the authorities determined that Barbara Palladino, 64, dies as a result of shotgun wounds to the head. Her death was ruled a homicide. Dario Capriotti, 62, of Montgomery County, died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head at the same address. The case is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police – Avondale.
On Oct. 13, there were two firearm fatalities—one in West Chester and one in Caln Township. The fatal wounds in both instances were determined to be self-inflicted.
There were two more unrelated firearm fatalities on Oct. 14, one in West Chester Borough and one in East Coventry Township. Again, the wounds in both instances were determined to be self-inflicted.