March 21, 2022
A car crash in the southbound lane of I-95 in South Philadelphia early Monday morning killed two Pennsylvania state troopers and one civilian, state police said.
Pennsylvania State Police identified the troopers as Martin F. Mack III, 33, and Branden T. Sisca, 29. The civilian's identity has not been released.
The crash happened at approximately 12:40 a.m. near the Sports Complex, just beyond the Broad Street exit, while the troopers were responding to a report of a man walking on the highway.
The troopers were helping the man get into the back of their cruiser when a female motorist attempted to drive past the scene, State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick said. The woman fatally struck all three people and remained on the scene
"Our department is heartbroken with the tragedy that occurred this morning in Philadelphia," Evanchick said. "We ask our fellow Pennsylvanians to keep the families of our troopers and the pedestrian in their thoughts. This is an extremely difficult time."
Mack had been on the force since November 2014. Trooper Sisca had joined the state police in February 2021. Both spent their entire careers assigned to Troop K in Philadelphia.
The bodies of the state troopers were transported by a police motorcade from the crash scene to the medical examiner's office just after 6 a.m., 6ABC reported.
The highway remained closed for eight hours Monday morning, reopening after 9 a.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the state flag to be hung at half-staff until sunset Friday and on the days of their funerals.
"Frances and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of these two state troopers and the individual they were assisting," Wolf said. "This tragedy is a reminder that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday, and we Pennsylvanians are grateful for the men and women who protect us and our communities. Frances and I are praying for the loved ones of these courageous troopers, the civilian they were assisting, and for the Pennsylvania State Police."
Philadelphia police also released extending their condolences to the families of the three people killed.
The Philadelphia Police Department extends its sincerest condolences to our brothers and sisters of the @PAStatePolice, as well the family of the civilian victim. May they rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/4GtItM9DWn— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) March 21, 2022
This is a developing story and will be updated.