Teamsters Local 776 Mourns Two Members Lost in Turnpike Tragedy

Every day, men and women go to work expecting to come home to their families. Tragically, this is not always the case. Union brothers of Teamsters Local 776, Dennis Kehler and Daniel Kepner, lost their lives on the job in this Sunday’s fatal turnpike accident. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and the 700,000 union sisters and brothers across our Commonwealth send our thoughts and prayers to their union family and their loved ones.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Local 776 released the following statements.

Teamsters Local 776 is deeply saddened by the loss of two of our Brothers, Dennis Kehler and Daniel Kepner, who were killed Sunday in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Dennis was a member for 28 years and Daniel was a member for 5 years. They were drivers in a team operation for UPS.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families. Our members go to work each day planning to return home safely to their families. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and plan to do all we can to assist the families,” said Edgar Thompson, President of Local 776.

“This is a heartbreaking tragedy. Our union and its 1.4 million members are keeping brothers Dennis Kehler and Daniel Kepner’s family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President.

“We are deeply saddened by the news that we’ve lost two of our own, Brothers Kehler and Kepner. Our Teamster UPS family is united in our condolences to their families and ready to assist in any way we can,” said Denis Taylor, Director of the Teamsters Package Division.

Due to the huge outpouring of support, Teamsters Local 776 has started a fund to assist the Kehler and Kepner families in their time of need. If you would like to help you can send a check or money order to Teamsters Local 776. Please write “For the Family of Kehler/Kepner” in the memo portion of the check and mail to Teamsters Local 776, Kehler/Kepner Families, 2552 Jefferson Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

The pile-up involved several tractor-trailers that reportedly crashed after a tour bus was unable to negotiate a turn and hit an embankment. Five people were killed and 60 injured. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

The Teamsters Package Division serves more than 250,000 members throughout the United States who work at UPS and UPS Freight.