2 killed, 4 injured in wrong-way crash on turnpike in Beaver County
Two people were killed and four were injured in a head-on crash in Beaver County on Saturday because of a motorist was driving the wrong way on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, according to state police.
Police identified those killed as William Paxton, 76, of Pittsburgh and Andrew Sworan, 36, of Cleveland.
Two of those injured were children.
The crash happened around 11:45 p.m. in Big Beaver, on the westbound turnpike near the Ohio border.
State police said Paxton entered the turnpike traveling east on the westbound side, and continued traveling the wrong way for about 8 miles before crashing into Sworan’s SUV.
Paxton’s passenger, a 74-year-old woman, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, according to police.
Sworan’s passengers, a 40-year old woman, 5-year-old child and 4-year-old child, were all taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital by ambulance.
Their condition is unknown.
Everyone was wearing a seat belt, police said.
The turnpike was closed for almost five hours, reopening around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .