MESHOPPEN TWP. - Two men from New Jersey were killed late Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer heading east on Rt. 6 jack-knifed near the Wyoming County Fairgrounds causing a chain reaction with four vehicles traveling west.
Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg said that around 11:30 a.m., Edwin David Lozano, 34, of Fords, N.J., was killed after his rig appeared to have gone off the highway’s southern berm, then tried to correct and lost control.
His vehicle then collided with another tractor-trailer rig, a box truck, a pick-up truck with a trailer, and an automobile which caught fire on impact.
Mahmoodul H. Farooqi, 26, of Somerset, N.J., was also killed after the pick-up truck he was driving that was owned by Baker Hughes Oil Field Operations of Mountaintop collided with the rig.
Jan Lawrence, 58, the driver of the automobile, was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and Chief Krieg said her condition was unknown.
The other drivers were treated at the scene and released.
Chief Krieg said that the tractor-trailer driven by Lozano was owned by DiPinto Logistics International of Monroe, N.J.
He said the accident remains under further investigation and that State Police were on the scene to conduct an accident reconstruction.
Goodwill Fire and Ambulance of Laceyville, Meshoppen Fire and Ambulance, Tunkhannock Community Ambulance and Tunkhannock Boro Police assisted at the scene.