New Jersey couple on way to their wedding killed in crash

New Jersey couple on way to their wedding killed in crash
Notre Dame alumna, fiancé killed in crash on the way to wedding
Kathryn Schurtz, and her fiancé, Joseph Kearney, were killed on Wednesday in a crash on Interstate 78. They were driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh.  (Facebook)

A New Jersey couple driving to their wedding in Pennsylvania died after a tractor-trailer hit their vehicle Wednesday.

Kathryn Schurtz, 35, of Fanwood, and her fiancé, Joseph Kearney, were killed after the accident on Interstate 78 in Berks County, Pa., according to Schurtz's obituary. The two were headed to their wedding, which was to be held in Pittsburgh.

The accident left the couple dead and three others injured after the driver of a tractor-trailer couldn't slow the vehicle down for traffic. The tractor-trailer slammed into the couple's car causing a chain reaction crash that ultimately involved four other tractor-trailers in addition to the couple's vehicle, LehighValleyLive.com reported.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the accident caused a fire that burned two of the tractor-trailers and the couple's vehicle. Traffic was reportedly backed up on the interstate for 12 hours.

Schurtz, according to a Facebook page for the town of Fanwood, was the daughter of a former city councilwoman. She lived in Jersey City and worked for Oracle in New York City.

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"She will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph," her obituary read. A funeral mass for Schurtz will be held Tuesday in Scotch Plains, N.J.

Kathryn Schurtz, 35, and her fiancé, Joseph Kearney, were driving on I-78 westbound in Windsor Township, Berks County, on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. when the accident happened.

Traffic was heavy at the time due to an earlier crash. A semi was unable to stop and hit the couples car which was then pushed into the back of another tractor-trailer.

She graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She then attended George Washington University where she received her liberal arts degree before earning her MBA from Notre Dame. Schurtz worked as the Head of Platform Partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City and was residing in Jersey City, New Jersey, at the time of her death. Her mother also served as a councilwoman in Fanwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Kathryn M. Schurtz Scholarship Fund at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.


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