Landisville, PA Tractor Trailer Crash, Jun 1999


Landisville, Pa. (AP) - Five people were killed, including a newborn and a 2-year-old child, after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a mini-van early Sunday on Route 283 in Lancaster County, police said.
Four occupants of the 1978 Dodge Ram minivan died at the scene of the crash; the 2-year-old died from his injuries at Lehigh Valley Hospital, police said.
Police identified those killed in the crash as RONALD SIMMONS, 53; his wife, PAULINE, 49; their son MICHAEL, 18; and his 4-week-old daughter CATRISE. All were from Lancaster, police said.
The newborn's mother, 18-year-old NUKISHA VEGA, survived the crash but her other child, 2-year-old RAZHON McCLEARY, was severely burned and died Sunday afternoon, East Hempfield Township police Sgt. Dennis Eberly said.
MS. VEGA was reported to be in stable condition Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
The slow-moving minivan burst into flames when it was hit near a construction zone at 12:49 a.m. Sunday, police said. MS. VEGA and RAZHON were thrown from the minivan.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 46-year-old Steven Wayne Herman of Howard, was treated and released Sunday from Lancaster General Hospital.

Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania 1999-06-21