UPDATE: Child Killed in Crash that Shut Down Part of North Scranton Expressway

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SCRANTON -- The Lackawanna County coroner confirms an 8-year-old girl died after a crash that shut down part of the North Scranton Expressway in Scranton.

Emergency crews responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The coroner said Andrea Morales, age 8, of Scranton, died after being rushed to the hospital.

The child's mother and 6-year-old sister were also taken to area hospitals and remain in critical condition.

Scranton police said the McDade Expressway inbound was closed at Keyser Avenue while crews cleared the scene.


  • Joe

    This was a classic story of clueless people being allowed to say nonsense on TV, which has nothing to do with the crash. Putting average people on here whining about speeders, makes no sense. Nobody said a word about that causing the crash(and maybe speed limits are unsafely posted too low), these people are not traffic engineers, or crash investigators, plus they were not witnesses. How about letting the cops check this out? It is reckless to put these comments on TV too. WNEP can do much better than running anti-driver hit pieces.

  • Donna Benjamin-Sevensky

    My own mother was in a one car accident on that section of the expressway back in 1970. Car went over the bank and not discovered until two days later. She lived but was a quadriplegic for 15 years. By the way, after being found by two young boys walking the highway the city of Scranton sent my dad a bill for damage to the guardrail. Police never investigated the damage. I cringe to this day driving on the expressway. Speed limit is never obeyed. Police very rarely monitor this highway.

  • Katheryn

    Yesterday I passed this accident on the other side of the highway. I heard one of the vehicles were going the wrong direction, anyone know if that’s true?

  • richard

    Awsome, YOU’RE WRONG! I’m a thumbsdowner and I have a boyfriend! His name is Jonathan and we have a very loving, heartfelt relationship.

  • please buckle up

    Anybody else notice that both the guys they interviewed didn’t have their seat belt on?

  • Catherine

    Heartbreaking and tragic. RIP LIttle Andrea. Drivers on this expressway go way over the speed limit. Surprising there aren’t many more accidents and fatalities there. Something has to be done.

  • Beverly Flanagan

    This is heartbreaking.
    I was on the expressway toward Clarks Summit last week, as I was right at the place where I would have turn onto the exit at Keyser Ave or miss it, a white car driving probably 70+ mph in the passing lane bolted in front of me to get off. That was bad enough, but then a black car driving as as fast behind him did the same thing. How there wasn’t an accident I have no idea. People are driving TOO fast, they are not stopping at stop signs, pulling off exits from the passing lane within inches of hitting the person driving properly and even entering highways without yielding. It is getting much worse.

    • Joe

      Your speed estimations do not work, as trained people cannot even do this. Maybe you are the problem, if you keep seeing this? Properly set speed limits and courteous drivers would work wonders.

    • Joe

      Who is not stopping for stop signs? I do not see this. You mean the ones that are every 10 feet and there for no reason? Still do not see people running those, either. Do you refuse to allow people to merge into your lane? It sure sounds like it. All this is nonsense and you are whining about your own poor driving.

  • awesome

    The losers who consistently put a “thumbs down” basically have no regard for human life! They have never been loved, they have NEVER had a boyfriend/girlfriend, their lives are worthless, their family life sucks, they don’t work. Besides that, they are very reputable members of society

  • Jimmy R.

    Because all they want to hear is “Prayers sent!” rather than actual information that could save another life in the future. If it turns out the child wasn’t in a booster seat, the same people will comment and blame the mother.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Not sure the cause of this, but people need to slow down. If you are doing under 70 on this, they run you off the road. Same thing with 81 and the Cross Valley.

    • Slow down

      Amen Frank. What is so difficult about doing the speed limit, coming to a complete stop at a light or sign, or using your turn signals? As a nation we suck at driving.

    • Hang It Up

      The cause for a great deal of these accidents in the past few years is cellphone use. I’m not just referring to texting. The laws must be written to ban the use of cellphones while the car is in motion. In addition, anyone involved in an accident while using a cellphone should lose insurance coverage for that accident.

      • LesdyxicDriver

        Yes more law, more restrictions on freedom… how about people just don’t do it? Laws aren’t going to stop it, they are just going to punish those who get caught.
        How about we require phone use to pass the driver test. You have to be proficient at texting and driving. Practice makes perfect right coach.

      • 'murica!

        Freedom to do what – drive distracted and cause more collisions? What did we do years ago when we didn’t have cell phones? Tell me how many calls or texts we get are that important that they can’t wait? Other civilized nations in the world make it illegal, but hey – we would rather kill people than give up our freedom to text.

      • lawless society

        “punish those who get caught” Umm, that’s pretty much how all the laws work. That’s kind of the idea…

    • Ashley

      @michelle they need to update this, from my understanding there was a six year old girl in the card also who was flown to Danville and is in critical condition. The mother came out of surgery but not sure from what exactly. I would like to know how this happened.

  • LIsa

    First of all, you are a sick individual ! Who are you to judge ? I am sure you are not perfect. I have lived in NEPA most of my life. It is not the greatest, but it is my home. For any child to die, is very sad. You were once a child. No details were given about the crash or what lead to the accident. Shame on you for your very rude and insensitive remarks. See you have gained no manners by moving out of state !

  • Nepa

    Your a very sick and twisted individual. This poor child lost Their life a family lost a child! You have no details of the crash and already ignorant idiots like yourself are passing judgement?? You are probably a child molester yourself! Shame on you!

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