PHILADELPHIA — Three people - including two from Delaware County with ties to the Mummers - were killed in a head-on crash in South Philadelphia overnight, authorities said.
Two other people were critically injured.
The horrific accident occurred about 1:45 at the intersection of Seventh Street and Packer Avenue near the South Philly sports complex when one car went out of control and slammed head-on into another, according to police reports.
Police said the driver of a sedan had been stabbed multiple times before the crash.
That sedan went out of control and collided with an SUV.
Three people in the SUV were killed. Another passenger was seriously injured but it expected to survive.
Two of the victims were identified as Kelly Wiseley, 35, of Glenolden, and Dennis Palandro, 31, of Morton. The driver of the car, Joseph Ferry, 36, of South Philadelphia, also was killed. Palandro's 30-year-old wife, who also was a passenger, was injured and is listed in critical condition.
Ferry and Palandro have been identified as members of the South Philadelphia String Band. The String Band issued the following statement: "On behalf of the officers and members of the South Philadelphia String Band, we are deeply saddened at the loss of our family members. We ask you to keep all families in your thoughts and prayers."
The driver of the Audi, identified by police as Keith Campbell, 29, who has multiple addresses including one in Delaware, is in critical condition in the hospital. Campbell apparently had been stabbed up to 20 times. The circumstances of how he was injured are not yet known, but at least one police official is theorizing he may have stabbed himself, then lost control of his vehicle.
Police said he was driving at a high rate of speed when he crossed the center line of the road and slammed into the SUV.
Police continue to investigate the crash.