Jefferson Hills: 1 dead after dump truck collides with train

Part of Route 51 in Jefferson Hills will be shut down in both directions through at least late Tuesday morning, possibly into the afternoon, after a dump truck collided with a train.

The Jefferson Hills fire chief confirmed to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the driver of the dump truck has died.

Source: Jefferson Hills: 1 dead after dump truck collides with train

Police And EMS Respond To Rollover Crash On The North Side – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police and EMS responded to a rollover crash early on Monday morning.

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Just before 1:00 a.m., Pittsburgh Police and medics were called to Allegheny Avenue near Abdell Street, and once on the scene, they found an SUV rolled over onto its roof.

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The SUV hit a few parked cars during the crash.

The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.

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Source: Police And EMS Respond To Rollover Crash On The North Side – CBS Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh man arrested, charged in Johnstown after allegedly running over woman – WPXI

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A Pittsburgh man was arrested and charged in Johnstown after police said he tried to rob a woman late Saturday night and then ran over her with a pickup truck.

Police said 25-year-old Denzelle Kendrick was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and robbery among other charges.

According to investigators, officers were called to an address in Johnstown around 10 p.m. Saturday for a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found a woman who had actually been beaten and run over by a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Kendrick was identified as the driver. He was seen on surveillance camera reportedly trying to steal the woman’s purse during the encounter.

Officers said Kendrick took off and was eventually pursued by state police troopers into Somerset County. Court documents said troopers were able to stop him using the “box” method, where law enforcement vehicles surround a suspect vehicle and all slow down. This causes the suspect vehicle to also slow as a result.

Troopers said speeds reached more than 105 mph before they were able to stop Kendrick.

He appeared before a judge Sunday morning.

Source: Pittsburgh man arrested, charged in Johnstown after allegedly running over woman – WPXI

Police stunned after nearly $500,000 worth of luxury cars stolen right off lot in Allegheny County – WPXI

WEXFORD, Pa — One local police chief told Channel 11 that a recent crime spree in his community could be one for the history books.

Northern Regional Police Chief John Sicilia said the stolen cars are worth nearly $500,000.

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One Bentley, For F250 Platinum Truck, Two Mercedes Benz and Two BMWs were stolen from the Bentley Pittsburgh dealership along route 19 early Thursday morning. Chief Sicilia says the crime started across the street at the enterprise in Warrendale, where the same group stole several license plates from rental cars to use on the Bentleys.

The chief says thieves then broke into the Bentleys by manipulating the key lock box on each car.

“We did enter the license plates and the vehicles into NCIC so any police officer around the country who would run that plate or VIN it would come back stolen.”

It now appears the thieves left the state and the cars are long gone. So far police have been able to locate one Bentley which was found abandoned in Summerville, West Virginia.

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“We are working to process that vehicle for any kind of evidence we’ve been working with the PA state police auto theft task force but at this time we don’t have any suspects.”

Source: Police stunned after nearly $500,000 worth of luxury cars stolen right off lot in Allegheny County – WPXI

Pennsylvania Turnpike: Free rides take big toll on finances

More than $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went uncollected last year as the agency fully converted to all-electronic tolling, with the millions of motorists who don’t use E-ZPass having a nearly 1 in 2 chance of riding without paying under the “toll-by-plate” license plate camera system.

An internal turnpike report issued in July and obtained by The Associated Press through a Right-to-Know Law request showed nearly 11 million out of the total of about 170 million turnpike rides generated no revenue for the agency in the year that ended May 31.

“We take this issue very seriously. It is a big number, there’s no question,” turnpike Chief Executive Mark Compton said. “But we, as an organization, are leaving no stone unturned in the way in which we’re going after that leakage.”

Toll revenue “leakage” – an industry euphemism for uncollected tolls – has become the focus of turnpike agencies across the country as the use of E-ZPass transponders and license plate cameras continues to spread.

It is a particular problem for the debt-strapped Pennsylvania Turnpike, where more than half of its total revenue goes to pay borrowing costs and tolls have more than quadrupled in 12 years for the minority of motorists who don’t have E-Z Pass to pay for rides.

Last year, license plates could not be identified in 1.8 million Pennsylvania Turnpike rides, bills were undeliverable in just over 1 million instances, and motor vehicle agencies failed to provide vehicle owner addresses more than 1.5 million times. An additional 6.7 million transactions were marked as “not paid.”

After tolls and fees go uncollected for about three years, the turnpike writes them off.

Source: Pennsylvania Turnpike: Free rides take big toll on finances

Beaver County crash involving car and motorcycle sends one to the hospital

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A crash involving a car and a motorcycle sent the operator of the motorcycle to the hospital on Monday afternoon.

The crash happened on Duss Avenue in Harmony Township, Beaver County, in front of the Shop ‘n Save.

The Harmony Township Volunteer Fire Department said the car was pulling out of the parking lot when the crash happened.

Duss Avenue was shut down for a short time while emergency responders were on scene.

Source: Beaver County crash involving car and motorcycle sends one to the hospital

2 flown from Hempfield crash | TribLIVE.com

Two people were flown by medical helicopter Thursday morning to a hospital after a one-vehicle crash in Hempfield, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher.

The crash was reported just before 11 a.m. on Route 130 in the area of Slate Run Road and West Point Drive. The vehicle went over an embankment, the dispatcher said. The helicopter landed at a West Point ballfield.

The road was closed for a time.

One person had to be rescued from the vehicle. A second person involved in the crash was able to get out of the vehicle on their own.

Source: 2 flown from Hempfield crash | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County tractor-trailer rollover sends one person to the hospital

Crash happened early Wednesday morning.

A rollover crash of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Westmoreland County sent one person to the hospital.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes near the Hunker/New Stanton area a little after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Source: Westmoreland County tractor-trailer rollover sends one person to the hospital

High-speed police chase crosses several communities in Westmoreland and Allegheny County

A police chase that went through several communities on Monday ended with an arrest.

The high-speed pursuit began Monday afternoon when the suspect was stopped by police in New Kensington for traffic violations and then took off.

The police went through New Kensington, Arnold, Springdale and Cheswick, crossing from Westmoreland to Allegheny County.

After being arrested, the suspect was taken to the New Kensington police.

No injuries were reported during the pursuit.

Police have not released the suspect’s name.

Source: High-speed police chase crosses several communities in Westmoreland and Allegheny County

Indiana County motorcycle crash: One person dead, one person taken to hospital

One person died and another person was taken to an area hospital after a motorcycle went off the road and crashed in Conemaugh Township, Indiana County on Monday evening.

The Conemaugh Township fire chief confirmed two people were on the motorcycle that went off the road. This happened in the 3100 block of Tunnelton Road.

The fire chief said one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the second passenger was taken to Forbes Hospital.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating. No other details have been released.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Source: Indiana County motorcycle crash: One person dead, one person taken to hospital

One Person Injured In Overnight Rollover Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person was taken to the hospital following a rollover crash in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.

The crash happened along Arlington Avenue between Hartford Street and E. Warrington Avenue.

One person was taken to the hospital.

It’s unclear what led to the crash.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

Source: One Person Injured In Overnight Rollover Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

Man killed in Westmoreland County after motorcycle veers off road and hits fence – WPXI

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Westmoreland County Coroner, Kenneth A. Bacha, has released the following information on a motorcycle fatality that occurred in Hempfield Township.

Tanner B. Van Woundenberg was driving a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle while traveling north on Mount Pleasant Road.

According to a release, Woundenberg missed a curve in the road, hit a fence, and landed in a driveway.

Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman pronounced Woundenberg dead at the scene.

Woudenberg was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks.

Pennsylvania State Police Greensburg Barracks also investigated.

Source: Man killed in Westmoreland County after motorcycle veers off road and hits fence – WPXI

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Police: Wrong-way crash in tunnel critically injures 1 in Pittsburgh | WKBN.com

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a wrong-way driver collided head-on with another car in a western Pennsylvania tunnel, critically injuring the other driver.

State police in Pittsburgh say the vehicle entered Route I-376 traveling west in the eastbound lanes shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the car entered the Fort Pitt tunnel under Mount Washington, still traveling in the wrong direction, and collided head-on with another car.

The 36-year-old driver of the other car was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition with multiple injuries.

The other 21-year-old driver was uninjured.

Source: Police: Wrong-way crash in tunnel critically injures 1 in Pittsburgh | WKBN.com

Man in critical condition after off-road vehicle crash in Pittsburgh – WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH — A man is in critical condition after an off-road vehicle crash in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood.

The incident occurred in an alley behind the 1200 block of Faust Street around 8:15 p.m. Friday.

Police said a man was found on the ground several yards from his overturned quad. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: Man in critical condition after off-road vehicle crash in Pittsburgh – WPXI

Hempfield man accused in wrong-way DUI crash on Route 30 | TribLIVE.com

A Hempfield man is accused by police of being intoxicated during a 2019 wrong-way crash on Route 30 that seriously injured another motorist, according to court papers.

Larry Thomas Miller Sr., 74, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and several other related misdemeanors and summary offenses.

State police said they were called at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2019 to a head-on crash on Route 30 eastbound near the Cedar Street exit in Hempfield. Miller was driving west in the eastbound lanes and collided with another vehicle around a bend, according to court papers.

The female driver of the eastbound vehicle saw headlights coming toward her but didn’t have time to react, police said. She was hospitalized with a fractured neck vertebrae.

Police said Miller appeared to be intoxicated at the scene and told authorities that he had a few beers at a local bar before heading home. He was taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of what authorities described as extensive injuries.

Troopers said Miller’s blood-alcohol content was 0.156%. The legal limit to drive in Pennsylvania is 0.08%. Miller also had opiates and prescription medication used to treat anxiety in his system, according to court papers. Police said they found about 3 grams of suspected cocaine in Miller’s pocket.

Source: Hempfield man accused in wrong-way DUI crash on Route 30 | TribLIVE.com

Three people taken to the hospital following crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side

Crash happened early Tuesday morning about 1:30 am on Carson Street.

It appeared one of the vehicles caught fire after the crash.

The conditions of the three people hurt have not been released.

There’s no word on what caused the crash.

Source: Three people taken to the hospital following crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side

Truck goes off road, catches fire on Pennsylvania Turnpike

A truck went off the road and caught fire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Wednesday.

The accident happened eastbound between Exit 48 (Allegheny Valley) and Exit 57 (Pittsburgh).

The truck has the name “N2 Solutions” written on it. N2 Solutions is a nitrogen services company.

Turnpike officials say the accident is affecting the right lane and drivers should expect delays.

No additional details have been released.

Source: Truck goes off road, catches fire on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Woman hit by motorcycle while on sidewalk in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A woman was hit by a motorcycle that went off the road and onto a sidewalk in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood Monday evening.

Police said the driver of the motorcycle was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on Fifth Avenue near South Aiken Avenue before the crash, which happened just after 6 p.m.

Officers had activated their lights and sirens to pull the motorcyclist over, but before they could even pursue or follow the bike, it jumped up onto the sidewalk and hit the woman as she was walking.

The man who was driving the motorcycle was taken to a hospital with jaw injuries, police said.

Source: Woman hit by motorcycle while on sidewalk in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood – WPXI

Tractor-trailer overturns, spills beams onto Route 65 in Pittsburgh – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Route 65 southbound was closed after a tractor-trailer hauling I-beams overturned early Monday morning in Pittsburgh.

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. in the city’s Chateau neighborhood, approaching the North Shore.

A hazmat team was called because diesel fuel leaked from the truck, which rolled onto its passenger side, officials said.

Crews removed the truck from Route 65 before clearing the beams from the roadway.

Route 65 southbound reopened about 8 a.m.

Source: Tractor-trailer overturns, spills beams onto Route 65 in Pittsburgh – WPXI

Two young boys steered their car to safety after their father was fatally shot while driving – CNN

(CNN)A pair of young brothers had to take control of their SUV and steer themselves to safety when their dad was fatally shot Friday night while driving on a Texas freeway.

Their father, a 29-year-old man, had been driving a Toyota Sequoia on Interstate 10 in Houston with his sons, ages 8 and 6, when he was shot just before 11 p.m., Houston Police Department (HPD) Public Information Officer John Cannon told CNN.
The victim’s sons then steered the SUV off the freeway to a strip mall parking lot where one of the children got out of the car and ran to get help, Cannon said.
Their father was pronounced dead at the scene and both boys were unharmed, he added.

Source: Two young boys steered their car to safety after their father was fatally shot while driving – CNN

GM recalling another 70,000 Bolt electric cars – CNN

(CNN Business)General Motors is recalling another 73,000 Bolt EV and EUV electric vehicles in the United States and Canada for a problem that could cause the vehicles to catch fire.

GM had earlier announced that the recall would cost $800 million, but that was before the recall was expanded to cover all remaining Bolt vehicles. The recall is now expected to cost an additional $1 billion.
The recall comes after GM had previously recalled about 70,000 Bolt vehicles for the same potential problem. The recall now covers Bolt EV and EUVs from 2017 to 2022.
The recalled Bolt vehicles can catch fire after being charged due to a manufacturing defect, the company said. Until the batteries in the recalled vehicles can be checked and replaced, if necessary, GM recommends the vehicles be set to charge to only 90%. Owners should also charge their vehicles more frequently and avoid allowing the battery to be depleted to less than about 70 miles of driving range. The vehicles should also be parked outdoors right after charging and should not be charged indoors.
GM now says it is pursuing reimbursements from Korean battery manufacturer LG, the company that made the batteries that, GM said, are the cause of the problem.
LG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
GM had previously said that the problem with the Bolt batteries was caused by two rare battery manufacturing errors in model years 2017 to 2019 vehicles, and that more recent models did not undergo the same battery manufacturing process and so were not included in the recall. Now, though, GM is recalling 9,335 more model year 2019 Bolt EVs and another 63,683 model year 2020 through 2022 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models. The Bolt EUV is a taller crossover SUV version of the Bolt EV.

Source: GM recalling another 70,000 Bolt electric cars – CNN

More than 50 people injured after tour bus crashes on NY Thruway

A bus full of tourists heading to Niagara Falls rolled over on the New York State Thruway Saturday, injuring all 57 people on board, officials said.

A bus full of tourists heading to Niagara Falls rolled over on the New York State Thruway Saturday, sending all 57 people on board to hospitals, officials said.

The bus from Dutchess County veered off I-90 some 25 miles west of Syracuse at 12:40 p.m. and landed on its side in the grass, State Police said.

Injuries ranged from minor to serious, according to cops. The passengers included children.

It wasn’t immediately clear what company operated the bus or what caused the crash.

Police photos of the scene showed papers and other items strewn around the white bus lying on its side off the shoulder of the highway.

Traffic was backed up for miles as one westbound lane of the Thruway was closed for hours following the accident.

Source: More than 50 people injured after tour bus crashes on NY Thruway

Part of Pennsylvania Turnpike to close this weekend

An 86-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions overnight this weekend.

The turnpike said the closure will start at 11 p.m. on Saturday between New Stanton (Exit 75) and Breezewood (Exit 161), and the road will reopen at about 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Turnpike officials said the closure is necessary so workers can install beams for the replacement of the Country Ridge Road bridge, which carries traffic over the toll road in Bedford Township, Bedford County.

Below are the detour routes from the turnpike commission.

Westbound traffic:

  • Exit at Breezewood
  • Follow Route 30 west for 18.7 miles
  • Follow Interstate 99 north for 30.1 miles
  • Follow Route 22 west for 64.5 miles
  • Follow PA Toll Route 66 south for 13.9 miles
  • Re-enter turnpike at New Stanton

Eastbound traffic:

  • Exit at New Stanton
  • Follow Route 66 Business north for 0.2 miles
  • Follow PA Toll Route 66 north for 14.2 miles
  • Follow Route 22 east for 63.7 miles
  • Follow Interstate 99 south for 30.4 miles
  • Follow Route 30 east for 18.3 miles
  • Re-enter turnpike at Breezewood

Vehicles will be permitted to enter the turnpike at the Somerset (Exit 110) and Donegal (Exit 91) interchanges and travel westbound. Vehicles may also enter at Bedford (Exit 146) and travel eastbound.

 

Prior to the closure, announcements will be made at the North Midway service plaza in Bedford County and the South Somerset service plaza in Somerset County. Customers who are still in those service plazas after 11 p.m. on Saturday will have to stay there until the road reopens, turnpike officials said.

Source: Part of Pennsylvania Turnpike to close this weekend

Kiski Township police say they found $3,750 worth of illegal drugs hidden in car

Kiski Township police say they found 50 packets of heroin and an ounce of methamphetamine hidden in a car that they pulled over for a traffic violation.

Police on Wednesday charged James D. Higgins, 41, of Apollo and Autumn Rogers, 21, of Leechburg with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, conspiracy to attempt to commit delivery of controlled substances and other charges.

Police stopped Higgins and Rogers on Tuesday along Route 56 in Kiski Township for a traffic violation.

When police identified Higgins, they arrested him because he was wanted in Allegheny County on charges of possession with intent to deliver drug.

Source: Kiski Township police say they found $3,750 worth of illegal drugs hidden in car