PITTSBURGH — Police say three people are dead after a car crashed into a plasma donation center on Western Avenue in the Manchester neighborhood.
A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) notification was issued due to the severity of the damage and the unknown amount of entrapped victims at the time that police and EMS arrived.
Medics pronounced three victims dead, one of them being a person in the vehicle.
There were around 10 employees and five doners in the building at the time, now many of them are left shaken. One witness was inside the building at the time of the crash and says it was a surreal moment for him.
“Just, I mean just shock really, it was just numb, like I, I’m still you know heart racing, just not sure what was happening,” explained donor Shane McDevitt.
A small fire started in the building after the crash and two first responders were treated for smoke inhalation.
Crews managed to pull a red Hyundai out of the building.
In a statement about the incident the Biomat USA Corporate Office said:
Police said two others were also injured. One of them is in critical condition. or center. The safety of our employees and donors is always our first priority. We are grateful to the first responders and our employees who acted quickly to prevent any additional injuries. Biomat USA is cooperating with the local authorities as the investigation continues.” A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) notification was issued due to the severity of the damage and unknown amount of entrapped victims.
Police continue to interview witnesses about what happened. The next step is to figure out whether the building is structurally sound. Channel 11 will let you know as we get those updates.