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State police investigating fatal I-80 wreck

Passenger from Brooklyn ejected from vehicle

KIDDER TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in Carbon County that killed one person and injured four others.

State police with the Fern Ridge barracks said a 50-year-old Brooklyn man was killed on eastbound I-80 late Sunday night in Kidder Township. Authorities did not release the man's name.

Police said a 2004 Saturn Vue was driving east near mile marker 281 shortly before midnight, when the driver, 34-year-old Jose Padilla, of Brooklyn, lost control of the SUV and drove onto the shoulder off the right side of the highway.

The vehicle rolled over several times and came to rest on the right shoulder, according to police.

The passenger killed in the crash was ejected from the vehicle and found unresponsive, police said. The driver and the remaining passengers were taken to Geisinger Wyoming Hospital.

Police said Padilla suffered moderate injuries. Robenson Murat, 35, and Natividad Jimenz, 30, both of Brooklyn, sustained moderate injuries, according to police. Mildred Ruiz, 44, of Brooklyn, suffered major injuries.

The crash investigation is ongoing. Lake Harmony Fire and EMS and troopers from the Hazelton barracks assisted.

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