Police blame excessive speed in Northeast Philly crash that killed three

Authorities in Philadelphia say speed was a major factor in the triple fatal crash of a car into a parked tractor-trailer carrying herbicide.

Capt. John Wilczynski of the police accident investigation unit said the car was probably going twice as fast as the 35-mph speed limit when it crashed shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia.

Police said 25-year-old Amonie Barton of Yeadon and 22-year-old Giavanna Scavo of Philadelphia were killed instantly along with a third woman the medical examiner’s office is still trying to identify.

Police said the unoccupied tractor-trailer was carrying herbicide, and a hazardous materials crew was called to clean up that and spilled fuel. Another parked tractor-trailer also caught fire.

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