Wrong-way turnpike crash kills 2 drivers including Northeast Ohio man

BIG BEAVER, Pa. — Authorities say a wrong-way crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in western Pennsylvania killed two people and sent four other people to hospitals.

State police say a man was driving a sport utility vehicle east in the westbound lanes of the turnpike for about eight miles before he struck a westbound SUV shortly before midnight Saturday in the borough of Big Beaver.

Police say both drivers were killed. They were identified as 76-year-old William Paxton of Pittsburgh and 36-year-old Andrew Sworan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Paxton’s 74-year-old female passenger was flown to UPMC Presbyterian with serious injuries.

A 40-year-old woman and two children — a 5-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy — in the second SUV were taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Mercy Health in Youngstown, Ohio, with possible injuries.

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