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Fatal Elk Co. Rollover

According to state police in Elk County, two men were killed in an early morning rollover crash in Ridgway Township.

Troopers say the crash occurred just after 12:30 a.m. along Bingham Road, near its intersection with Scenic Drive.

Investigators say the driver of a pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve.

The vehicle went over an embankment, rolled onto the driver side and slid into a tree, the crash report states.

Both the driver, identified as 36-year-old Tony Eckert, of Saint Marys, and the front seat passenger, identified as 33-year-old Kenneth Gasbarre of Ridgway, were pronounced dead at the scene.

State police say the rear seat passenger, a 21-year-old woman from Johnsonburg, was transported to Penn Highlands Elk with minor injuries.

Investigators say no one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

UPDATE:

According to Elk County coroner Michelle Muccio, both victims suffered blunt forced trauma to their head, chest and extremities.

Investigators believe that both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Muccio has ruled the deaths as accidental.

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