Deadly Luzerne County Crash Involved Teenagers

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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.


  • Mad Dog

    Driving recklessly or speeding is never acceptable. But to say you’re glad they are dead is highly inappropriate. You never did anything dumb when you were a kid? Lucky for you, you lived to tell about it. Some aren’t so lucky. You can be the best parent in the world and sometimes kids will be kids. Either way, you don’t know what happened and you don’t know who died. Maybe your parents should’ve enforced the, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything,” rule. Would you say the same thing if it was your kid killed because he/she was speeding? Don’t mess with karma.

  • common sense

    Wow, you are some kind of POS. You know these kids had families right? People who are grieving the loss of a child? What a miserable person you must be. Do the rest of society a favor and go drive yourself into a guardrail, the faster the better.

    • Bill K

      Jack, it’ll never happen to me because I DON’T speed or drive recklessly like this jerk did. Or like 3/4 the motorcycle drivers do.

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