5 New York women killed after getting hit by tractor-trailer on highway: state police
SCOTT TOWNSHIP, P.A. (WOLF) — Five women from New York were hit and killed by a tractor-trailer after they exited their vehicles following a crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland said the women are believed to be from the same family. They have been identified by Pennsylvania State Police as the following women:
- Harvrist Zebari, 42, of Endwell
- Fatma Ahmed, 71, of Binghamton
- Shahzinaz Mizouri, 56, of Vestal
- Aleen Ameen, 19, of Johnson City
- Berivan Zebara, 43, of Johnson City
Officials said the crash happened Tuesday in Scott Township along the highway.
At around 5:15 p.m., a 2022 Honda Odyssey traveling north with four people inside lost control and hit the median barrier. The vehicle was disabled in the left lane. Following the crash, an Audi A6 carrying two relatives of the Odyssey occupants stopped on the right shoulder.
Those occupants crossed both travel lanes to speak with the occupants in the Odyssey. Two of the minivan’s occupants remained in the vehicle, while two were standing in the left lane. Police said a tractor-trailer traveling north then hit the disabled Odyssey’s driver-side.
In total, four people were hit, with three suffering fatal injuries. The two occupants inside the minivan were also killed. The driver of the Audi sedan, a 22-year-old man from Johnson City, sustained moderate injuries, while the driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries.
A portion of the highway was closed for about four hours following the crash.
Pennsylvania State Police is continuing to investigate the incident.