New Jersey couple on way to their wedding killed in chain reaction crash on freeway

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N.J. couple on way to their wedding killed in crash
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N.J. couple on way to their wedding killed in crash. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on November 19, 2018.

A New Jersey couple on the way to their wedding was killed in a fiery crash on I-78 in Berks County.

Officials in Union County, New Jersey say Kathryn Schurtz and her fiance Joseph Kearney died as a result of last Wednesday's multi-vehicle crash.

State Police say a tractor-trailer ran into the back of a car kicking off the deadly chain reaction, with five commercial vehicles and the passenger car.

The couple was on their way to Kearney's hometown of Pittsburgh for their ceremony.

According to her obituary, Schurtz, 35, resided in Jersey City. She was employed as the head of platform partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City.

Schurtz grew up in Fanwood, N.J., and graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J., in 2001. She attended George Washington University, where she received her liberal arts degree and went on to earn her MBA from Notre Dame.

"She will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph," her obituary reads.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Karen; her sister, Kimberly; her sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Kevin Schwoer, and her 3-month-old nephew, Landon Schwoer.

Schurtz mother was a former councilwoman in Fanwood, New Jersey.

The Council of the Borough of Fanwood issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

"Our hearts go out to former Fanwood Councilwoman Karen Schurtz who lost her daughter and future son-in-law in a car accident on their way to their wedding this past week...We are so very sorry."

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