Deadly Luzerne County Crash Involved Teenagers

BUTLER TOWNSHIP -- A teen is dead after a violent one-vehicle crash in Luzerne County.

The wreck happened on South Old Turnpike Road near Drums.

Neighbors said a car filled with several teenagers hit the guide rail. They heard the crash and came running outside and found one teenager at the bottom of a hill unresponsive and another badly hurt.

The names of those involved in this deadly crash are not being released, but we have learned that the teen who died was visiting from out of town, while others are enrolled in the Hazleton Area School District.

The superintendent at Hazleton Area School District tells Newswatch 16 that grief counselors will be at several schools in the district Wednesday for students and teachers. It is also the last day of school.

"It's a sad day," said Cheri Yanuzzi, who lives right in front of where the crash happened and called 911. "I'll be thinking of this for a long, long time. My heart goes out to the family of that young man."

Yanuzzi has seen her share of car crashes along South Old Turnpike Road over the 19 years she's lived there, but none quite like this.

"It should be a back country road. Unfortunately, they go down here about 50 mph. The speed limit is posted at 25 mph. If you stand here for any length of time, you will see that never ever happens."

Investigators have not said what caused this crash, but people who live nearby say speed has been a problem on this road for quite some time.


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