2 Pennsylvania State Police Troopers killed
Philadelphia – Two Pennsylvania State Police officers and a civilian were injured and killed on I-95 in South Philadelphia overnight.
The accident occurred on the southern lanes near the Broad Street exit, around 12:40 a.m. Monday.
Pennsylvania State Police said Trooper Branden T. Cesca, 29, and Trooper Martin F. Mack III, 33, were shot and killed on the southern lanes of Interstate I-95 at about 12:40 a.m.
Pennsylvania troopers killed in crash near Philadelphia ID’d
The man they were helping was also beaten and killed. Police said they withheld his identity until notifying his next of kin.
During a press conference Monday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said 33-year-old Trooper Martin F. Mack and 29-year-old Trooper Branden T. Cesca were responding to a call from a man walking along I-95 South near the sports complex.
Just before 1 am while trying to arrest the man, a car traveling at high speed crashed into all three men.
Branden T. Cesca, 29, and Martin F. Mack, 33, were identified as two Pennsylvania soldiers who beat and killed on I-95 near Philadelphia early Monday.
“Our administration is saddened by the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Philadelphia,” said Col. Robert Ivancic.
“We are asking our colleagues in Pennsylvania to keep the families of our soldiers and infantrymen in their thoughts. This is a very difficult time.”
“The impact was so great that it threw soldiers into the northbound lanes of Interstate 95,” said Capt. James Kim of the Pennsylvania State Police.
The police added that when passersby jumped.
“There were some witnesses trying CPR on the soldiers on the left side of the road,” Kim said.
But they did not succeed. Helicopter 3 found auto parts scattered on the highway.
The authorities said the force of the impact was so great that it threw the soldiers into the northern aisles of the I-95.
The Philadelphia Police Department responded on Twitter with its condolences after the killing of a soldier and a civilian.
The administration wrote on Twitter:
“Philadelphia Police extends its deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters at PAStatePolice, as well as to the civilian victim’s family.” “May they understand in peace.”