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A fatal two-car accident in Springfield Thursday evening has taken the lives of three Pennsylvania residents who were all related and on their way to a funeral.

Virginia State Police said they are still investigating the cause of a two-vehicle fatal crash at the Springfield Interchange.

According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller, at 7:03 p.m. on Dec. 27, State Trooper C.R. Francis was called to the scene just east of the Van Dorn Exit 173 on the I-495 westbound flyover ramp leading to I-95 south.

A tractor-trailer in the travel lane was stopped in traffic when it was rear-ended by a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck. Police said all three occupants of the pickup truck died at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the pickup truck was Peter Stesney Jr, 87, of Allentown, Penn. The two passengers were Bernice Supinski, 85, of Bath, Penn., and Laura Kordelski, 51, of Allentown, Penn.

Geller said all three were related and traveling to Florida to attend a relative’s funeral.

The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

The ramp was re-opened shortly after 3 a.m. Friday morning.

gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com