Fiery crash that killed 5 co-workers caused by lane change

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2016 5:31 PM

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in Pennsylvania say a fiery crash that killed five colleagues commuting home from work last month was caused by an unsafe lane change.

The March 2 crash in Upper Macungie Township was so severe authorities needed several weeks and extensive DNA testing to identify the victims.

Allentown's The Morning Call newspaper said Friday ( ) an investigation found driver Barbara Bruno-Rondon was in the left lane of Route 222 and tried to legally pass a vehicle in the right lane but failed to clear the other vehicle and over-corrected, losing control.

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The car was northbound when it crossed a grassy median and slammed head-on into a southbound tractor-trailer.

Police say the accident's cause was determined by witness statements and vehicle examinations.

All five were co-workers leaving a shift at a packing company.


Information from: The Morning Call,