Date: November 26, 2023 Incident Type: Collision Location: Zone 2 Summary:
Just before 11:30 p.m., Police. Fire, and EMS were dispatched to the Liberty Bridge for a two-vehicle collision.
A driver was headed inbound on the bridge when she attempted to make a lane change. The male driver of the vehicle she was trying to overtake swerved into the outbound lane, hitting a vehicle head on. Medics transported him to the hospital in critical condition after his vehicle flipped on its side.
The female driver of the outbound vehicle was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
The Collision Investigation Unit responded to investigate. The driver of the first vehicle remained at the scene and provided information to police.
The bridge was closed to traffic while the investigation was underway.
Eight people were killed and 10 others were injured when a car plowed into pedestrians as they waited at a bus stop in Brownsville, Texas.
The crash occurred at 8:29 a.m. Sunday near the Ozanam Center, according to Brownsville police. Some of the victims struck by the gray Range Rover were migrants under the care of Border Patrol, according to Brownsville police spokesman Martin Sandoval. Some were from Venezuela and all of the victims were males, Brownsville Police Chief Felix Sauceda said.
The SUV ran a red light, lost control and flipped on its side, Sauceda said at a news conference Monday.
The driver, 34-year-old George Alvarez, allegedly tried to flee the scene but was stopped by others, the chief said.
A woman is dead and two others sustained suspected serious injuries after a wrong-way crash that closed all eastbound lanes of Interstate 376 in Aliquippa Friday night.
According to a tweet from PennDOT, the crash took place between Exit 39 towards Monaca and Exit 45 towards Aliquippa.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, three cars were involved in the crash. A Honda Civic was driving west in the eastbound lane and collided with a Toyota Rav4. The Honda then hit a Subaru Forester about a quarter mile west of the initial crash.
Drivers in Pittsburgh with the rideshare apps Uber and Lyft took to the picket line this weekend, demanding better wages and safety protocols.
A study of the apps released this month by UCLA’s Labor Center found that, while prices for rides in New York City have skyrocketed in the last four years, driver pay has not.
In April 2022, Uber and Lyft took a 30% or more cut of the passenger fare for nearly a third of all rides in the city, according to the study. In comparison, the companies took just 9% of passenger fares in February 2019.
Drivers in Pittsburgh said they have seen a similar trend.
The White House says that Joe Biden ordered that a new high-altitude “object” that appeared in the skies above Alaskan waters to be shot down by US fighters.
John Kirby, NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications, told a Friday briefing that the object was floating above US territory at 40,000ft and was a “reasonable threat” to the safety of civilian air traffic.
Bad weather could delay the recovery of the payload with strong winds of up to 35mph in the region.
Debris recovered so far has been taken to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis.
To date, US intelligence has revealed that the balloon, which spent eight days over US airspace, is “part of a larger Chinese surveillance balloon program” – something which Beijing continues to deny.
Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said that the balloon incident “confirms a pattern of Chinese behaviour” using “different types of intelligence and surveillance platforms” around the world.
The driver, Jelyssa Martinez, 28, of Pittsburgh, was allegedly five times over the legal limit.
Detectives say it was in December when Martinez crossed the center line causing a collision with another vehicle along Frankstown Road, near Erhardt Drive, in Penn Hills. Investigators said four women and a 3-year-old were in the gray Subaru Legacy Sedan that Martinez allegedly crashed into.
A passenger in the Subaru was found unresponsive and has been hospitalized ever since the crash with several injuries, including a skull fracture. The driver of the Subaru has been wearing a neck brace and has had neck pain since the crash. The toddler reportedly had a concussion and the other passenger suffered from chest and back pain. The fifth passenger received medical treatment for neck and back pain at the hospital after the toddler was stable.
Martinez, who was driving a blue Toyota Rav4, was not hurt in the crash.
One of the convenience store’s employees tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 she saw a car coming down Lincoln Highway and thought it looked a little close toward the gas pumps, and the next thing she knew: it slammed into one.
“It was around 1:45 a.m., I turned to look out the window (and) they crashed into the pump, so I called 911,” said Savannah Vazquez, who talked with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 after clocking out of her last 7-Eleven shift ever on Monday morning. “She bounced off the pump and ended up with her back to the store, looking like she was going to pull out into traffic. The one girl was wedged into the backseat.”
Vazquez said she helped carry one person inside the store, then came back out to try and pry open the car’s backdoor to get to a girl pinned in.
“Me and three other guys got cut up from the metal trying to open up the door,” she said. “We got it (open) enough to see her face, talk to her to be able to calm her down a little bit.”
State police said the driver lost control of the 2016 Kia Soul along the roadway before spinning out into the gas station pump, striking it on the passenger side of the vehicle.
A woman is now facing charges after a hit-and-run in Ross Township earlier this month that left a woman dead.
Elizabeth Griser, 32, was struck along Babcock Boulevard near the Sheetz on Jan. 13. She later died at the hospital.
Ross police said Erin Petroski, 39, was awaiting arraignment on charges that include homicide by vehicle while DUI and involuntary manslaughter after turning herself in at the Allegheny County Jail on Monday.
Deputy chief Brian Kohlhepp said surveillance and traffic cameras helped police identify a vehicle and get a license plate.
“Officers were able to respond to the area, see fresh damage on the car. They were able to speak with Ms. Petroski,” Kohlhepp said. “At that point, she had been taken, and a blood draw was done to determine if she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash, and then our investigation continued to gather more surveillance video as well as other evidence that we would need to prepare to come to trial.”
A North Huntingdon woman spent much of Saturday on the hunt for the driver who crashed into her home and then drove away. By the evening, she said she was notified by township police that they had identified the driver in the 1 a.m. incident.
New Kensington Police are trying to find out what caused the detached rig of a tractor-trailer to slam into the beer and wine section of the New Kensington Giant Eagle on Wednesday evening. No injuries were reported. Police were dispatched to the Giant Eagle plaza off Tarentum Bridge Road around 6:45 p.m.
Police at the scene said the truck driver was getting food at the nearby Asian Kitchen restaurant, which is located in a small strip shopping center at the top of the parking lot, when his unoccupied truck drifted backward the depth of the parking lot.
It struck one vehicle before slamming into the store backward.
Only the rear portion of the rig, the double set of wheels behind the cab, smashed through the storefront. The cab remained on the porch outside the building.
A large beer cooler inside the store was pushed out of position.
Acting Pittsburgh police chief Tom Stangrecki issued an order this week advising officers to return to the practice of enforcing minor traffic violations, such as broken headlights or expired inspection stickers.
The police bureau banned officers from enforcing those secondary traffic offenses after Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation last year barring officers from engaging in that practice.
Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess sponsored the legislation that he said disproportionally targeted African American drivers.
Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle spoke with Councilman Burgess, who said he was unaware of the reversal and he had no idea why Police changed the policy.
EARLE: Do you think they are almost slapping this back in your face?
Rev. Ricky Burgess: I don’t take this personally, but again I just think they should reconsider it because I think it will actually have the reverse effect and make us less safe.
Burgess said he stands by the ordinance and the data supports it.
“We have shown through data that when you do these secondary stops it targets disproportionately African Americans and African American communities,” said Councilman Burgess.
Pittsburgh police are investigating a reported robbery of a pizza delivery driver who told police he was then forced into the trunk of his own car and driven an unknown distance before being left in the back of the vehicle.
According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, the delivery driver told police he stopped his vehicle around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of the 900 block of Phoenix Street when three armed men approached him and stole money, his car keys, wallet, cell phone and shoes.
Just before two a.m, Pittsburgh Police from Zone 3, Pittsburgh Fire and EMS were dispatched for a single vehicle crash into a structure in the 4100 block of East Carson.
When they arrived on scene the vehicle was almost fully engulfed in flames, which PBF Engine 24 extinguished. The building and Duquesne Light poles had also sustained damage.
The male driver of the vehicle was located with a serious injury to his wrist and transported in stable condition to the hospital by medics.
There was an initial concern that there were other people inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, but Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and family members of the victim were able to confirm the driver had been the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and the cause of the crash will be investigated.