Monroe County Community Reacts To Violent Crash

Published 06/21 2014 06:09PM

Updated 06/21 2014 06:35PM

Mount Pocono, Monroe County - Skid marks and orange paint now mark the spot of a nasty crash Friday night in Monroe county.

The crash happened just hours after graduation at Pocono Mountain East High School.

Although there is still no word from police investigating the crash that the crash victims were connected to the graduation, but the superintendent of the school district told Eyewitness News that she believes a family leaving the graduation was in one of the cars involved in the wreck.

Authorities say that an SUV hit a car head on along Route 611 under the railroad trestle.

Karen Struckle was working at the Casino Theatre, which is just down the road. when the crash happened. She said she didn't hear or see the crash, but she witnessed multiple police and ambulances heading past the entertainment center to the scene.

"I just heard a lot of sirens because we were inside," Struckle said.

Video taken not long after the crash shows two cars badly mangled.

Eyewitnesses who didn't want to be identified said they saw three people lying in the roadway.

The crash happened shortly after graduation at Pocono Mountain East High School.

In September that same school dealt with tragedy after a car crash that killed one football player and injured two others.
In this latest crash, people familiar with this stretch of Route 611 told Eyewitness News it can be very dangerous.
Anna Mateau-Rivera, a Cresco resident, regularly travels Route 611 to and from work.
"(It) merges into one lane as you get closer to the bridge, the train overpass, and people tend to rush up there to try and beat the slower car up to that point," Mateau-Rivera said.

Stuckle said she's been urging officials to put a stoplight near the area. She believes it could prevent future tragedies.   

"On a busy Friday night there's a lot of traffic," she said. "So you're not going to be able to go that fast through town. So hopefully that would help avert a problem like this."

Police have yet to release the names, or conditions, of the people involved in the crash.

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