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Victims in Beltway crash were heading to funeral

Friday - 12/28/2012, 12:15pm  ET

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - State police say an 87-year-old Pennsylvania man was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that rear-ended a tractor-trailer on the Capital Beltway - killing him and his two passengers.

"Traffic had stopped in the westbound lanes and the tractor-trailer had stopped for the traffic when a Ford Ranger pickup truck rear-ended the tractor-trailer," says Corrine Geller, Virginia State Police spokeswoman.

Police identified the victims Friday as 87-year-old Peter Stesney, 85-year-old Bernice Supinski and 51-year-old Laura Kordelski. The three were related and were heading to Florida to attend the funeral of a relative.

Stesney and Kordelski were from Allentown, Penn., and Supinski was from Bath, Penn. All of them died inside the pickup truck during the crash, police say.

Police say the tractor-trailer was stopped in traffic when the pickup truck driven by Stesney crashed into it from behind. All three died at the scene. The crash occurred Thursday evening on the ramp from Interstate 495 to southbound I-95 at the Springfield interchange. The ramp was closed for about 8 hours.

The crash is still under investigation, according to Geller.

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