Penn State student killed in PA Turnpike accident

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A Branford teenager and student at Penn State died in a one-vehicle accident in Chester County, Pa. on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday afternoon. A female student was returning home from canning along with six other students when the accident occurred just before 2 p.m.

The accident happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and involved seven students.

Miss Sepot was on her way back from her first weekend of collecting donations for the student-run THON charity, which raises money to fight pediatric cancer.

Pennsylvania State Police have not released any information on the cause of the crash but say it is under investigation.

The Executive Director for THON 2016, Katie Mailey, released this statement: "No words can express our sorrow when learning of this accident and of Tally's passing". We ask that everyone respect the privacy of individuals directly involved. Last year's THON raised more than $13 million.

"Our hopes are with the students injured, whose release from the hospital we are eager to see, but our hearts are with Tally's family and friends, whose terrible loss we mourn", Sims said. The school identified the other victims as Victoria Barrett, 18, from Gibsonia, Pa., Sarah Bixby, 18, from Flemington, N.J., Claire Fountas, 19, from Barrington, Ill., and Matthew Hrynkow, 20, from Annandale, Va. The victims were rushed to a local hospital. Students stood near approved storefronts and intersections to conduct their canister solicitations, more commonly known as "canning".


The University's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) unit said counseling sessions will be available.