BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: The Ben Takes Two Sisters


BY DAVE DAVIES OF THE DAILY NEWS Two women who were killed in a four-vehicle crash that forced the shutdown of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge late Thanksgiving night were identified yesterday as elderly sisters who lived on opposite sides of the bridge. Seven others were hurt in the accident, which occurred in the eastbound lanes at about 10:40 p.m. according to Danelle Hunter, spokeswoman for the Delaware River Port Authority which operates the bridge.

Traffic was closed in the eastbound lanes until 1:45 a.m. and in the westbound lanes for close to an hour, Hunter said. Neighbors identified the two deceased women as Hana Kramer, 80, of Washington Square in Philadelphia, and her sister, Ruth, 85, of Cherry Hill. Relatives of the victims declined to comment last night.

Hunter said the crash occurred when the car carrying Kramer and her sister rear-ended another vehicle on the bridge. Two other vehicles also were involved in the accident, which occurred in the middle lanes of the span. MORE

PREVIOUSLY: Two sisters were killed when their vehicles collided head-on on a rural highway as they traveled to visit each other, the authorities said. Sheila Wentworth, 45, and her sister, Doris Jean Hall, 51, were killed, along with Ms. Hall’s husband, Billy Joe Hall Jr., 45. The accident occurred on Sunday about 35 miles south of Birmingham. The two often visited each other on Sundays, family members said.

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