A Pennsylvania man and his fiancé are dead following a devastating car accident as they were headed to their wedding last Wednesday.
Kathryn Schurtz, 35, and Joseph Kearney were driving in Berks County, about 50 miles outside of Philadelphia, when they were killed in a “fiery crash” along I-78 on Wednesday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m., ABC 6 reports. The accident reportedly involved several other vehicles.
The couple had reportedly “slowed down for heavy traffic ahead” when their vehicle was slammed from behind by a semi truck, which apparently couldn’t stop in time to avoid the crash. The victim’s car pummeled into “four other 18-wheelers.” Schurtz and Kearney apparently became trapped with no way to escape the tragic ordeal.
“After the crash, initial impact, we had fire in the back of two tractor trailers and the passenger vehicle…heavy fire. The victims had no chance at all to get out of there,” Trooper David Beohm stated, according to ABC.
Schurtz, of Fanwood, and her fiancé were on their way to Pittsburgh, the groom-to-be’s hometown, in order to get married, nj.com reported. Pittsburgh is located approximately four hours away from where the couple lost their lives.
An obituary said the bride-to-be “will remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph.”
Boehm described an unfathomable scene where the crash occurred.
“You go to these scenes and we’ve seen them before, but this was really bad. This was a bad one,” Beohm said.
[Feature Photo: Joseph Kearney & Kathryn Schurtz/family handout]