13 hurt when car hits crowd at benefit for families of deadly Pa. house fire victims

More than a dozen people were injured on Saturday after a vehicle hit a crowd in Berwick, Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Geisinger Medical Center in nearby Danville saw 13 patients mid-evening, spokeswoman Natalie Buyny said by email. The conditions of the injured were not available.

“Staff assess and triage patients for appropriate care,” Buyny said.

NBC affiliate WBRE of Wilkes-Barre reported that a vehicle struck several people attending a benefit in the Berwick borough.

Crowds had gathered to raise money for the families of the three children and seven adults who died in an early morning house fire on August 5 in the nearby town of Nescopeck.

Saturday’s performance took place at the bar and restaurant of the addiction department. People had also gathered in an adjacent outdoor space, where various vendors and a basket raffle were set up under tents. The benefit also included a water balloon fight and a dunk tank, according to the bar’s social media.

“We can never replace these people who have been lost, but we can do our best” to support the family, bar owner Lauren Hess told Wilkes-Barre’s NBC affiliate WBRE at the benefit night Saturday. .

On Saturday evening, the bar announced on Facebook that it would be closed until further notice.

“Today was an absolute tragedy,” the post said. “Please respect our privacy as we grieve and try to process the events that have transpired.”

The investigation into the Aug. 5 fire is ongoing, and Pennsylvania State Police have called the case a “complex criminal investigation,” WBRE reported.

The fire broke out before 3 a.m. and first responders reported flames that repelled their efforts to get inside the two-story home and perform rescues, authorities said later in the day. daytime.

The house was set on fire and remains were discovered as authorities searched the rubble.

The deceased included seven adults aged 19 to 79, two boys aged 5 and 6 and a girl aged 7, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Nescopeck is a borough of over 1,600 people about 48 miles southwest of Scranton.

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