A New Jersey couple died in a car crash on the way to their wedding

Mary Kay Heinle/FacebookKathryn Schurtz and Joseph Kearney.
  • A New Jersey couple died on Thursday on the way to their wedding.
  • Kathryn Schurtz and Joseph Kearney were driving along I-87 when they were killed in a fiery, multi-vehicle crash in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  • The couple was on their way to get married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The crash happened when a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and slow to the speed of traffic, causing it to hit a passenger vehicle which was pushed into a tractor-trailer ahead.

A New Jersey couple on their way to get married died in a chain-reaction car accident on Thursday.

Kathryn Schurtz and Joseph Kearney, both of Jersey City, were driving along I-87 when they were involved a fiery, multi-vehicle crash in Berks County, Pennsylvania, NJ.com reported.

The accident, which happened in Windsor Township, happened when a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and slow to the speed of traffic, causing it to hit a passenger vehicle, Pennsylvania state police said. The impact caused the vehicle to hit a different tractor-trailer ahead. Three other tractor-trailers were also involved, according to NJ.com.

The two passengers in the vehicle, who were later identified as Schurtz and Kearney, died in the crash.

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Schurtz and Kearney were headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they were to be married on Thursday.

“Our lives changed tragically last Thursday. Our nephew Joseph Kearney and his beautiful fiancĂ© Kate Schurtz were killed in an automobile accident on their way home for their wedding to be held that day,” Kearney’s aunt wrote on Facebook. “Our memories will help carry us through. They were truly the brightest shining lights snuffed out way too soon.”

Schurtz, who was the head of platform partnerships at Oracle Data Cloud, “will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph,” according to her obituary.

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