At least one person is dead following a late-night crash along Interstate 279.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person is dead following a late-night crash involving a tractor trailer along Interstate 279.
Pennsylvania State Police say the victim was in his 30s and was driving the car involved. Police also said that the impact was so intense that the tractor trailer itself was damaged, which they say is rare.
According to state police, the driver of the car was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane of I-279. The tractor trailer, which was a Pepsi truck, was traveling northbound.
It was around midnight when the two crashed head-on.
“Struck each other head-on,” State Police Tpr. Melinda Bondarenka said.
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The car was crushed underneath the tractor-trailer.
“After impact, the vehicle at fault caught fire. The operator of the semi-trailer was able to get out and extinguish that fire,” said Tpr. Bondarenka.
I-279 was closed for several hours overnight, forcing early-morning drivers to take detours. It finally reopened around 6 a.m.
At this time, state police say they do not know if speed or alcohol was a factor.
As for the driver of the Pepsi truck, he’s expected to recover.
“Was transported to a local area hospital with minor injury,” Tpr. Bondarenka said.
At this point, it’s being investigated as to why the driver of that blue car was traveling the wrong way.
Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.
The crash happened in the 100 block of Virginia Avenue around 5 p.m.
Officials said the driver of the Amazon delivery van told police he was parked on a steep hill with the parking brake engaged on the intersection Cuthbert Street.
He said he was out of the vehicle delivering packages when it rolled down the street onto Virginia Avenue.
Police said the delivery van clipped a vehicle on Virginia Avenue before hitting a house. There were no injuries.
People’s Gas arrived at the scene to turn off gas lines as the delivery van had hit a meter.
Police are investigating.
The vehicle hit a utility pole and the force of the crash brought down electric wires. First responders were unable to reach the victim until a crew from West Penn Power could shut down the lines.
Rescuers extricated the victim about 9:30 p.m.
The vehicle also damaged a gas meter, emergency dispatchers confirmed.
The person inside the vehicle was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.
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A single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Hempfield, Westmoreland County, resulted in the death of a 19-year old man from Florida, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news partner KDKA reported.
The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said Michael Schiff, 19, of Florida, was killed in the crash along Route 30 around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Schiff was driving alone when his vehicle crossed over the center barrier of the roadway, across opposite lanes of traffic, and crashed into the corner of a building, before stopping on its rooftop.
Schiff was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner’s office said it believes speed was a factor in the crash.
Police say the crash happened just after 1 am, on Lincoln Highway in Hempfield Township. The 19 year old driver, identified as Michael Schiff from Florida, was traveling along Route 30 at a high rate of speed when he lost control while driving along a right curve under the East Pittsburgh Bridge.
Police add that Schiff went over the concrete center median divider, crashed into the raised concrete shoulder, rolled over multiple times before coming to a rest in the parking lot of an indoor golf business.
One person was taken to the hospital after a vehicle overturned during a crash in Derry Borough, Westmoreland County.
The crash happened Tuesday evening on the 600 block of North Chestnut Street.
A man who was in the vehicle got out on his own.
The Derry Volunteer Fire Company said one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
By Michael DiVittorio:
A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in Pittsburgh on Thursday evening.
Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said the driver fled the scene just after 7 p.m at Frankstown Avenue near the North Homewood Avenue intersection.
The girl was listed in stable condition. No further information was available.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Pittsburgh police at 412-323-7800.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, email@example.com or via Twitter .
HILLTOP LAKES, Texas (KBTX) – Four people died Sunday morning in a plane crash near Hilltop Lakes in Leon County.
According to flight records, the 1984 single-engine plane left Horseshoe Bay Resort near Marble Falls, west of Austin, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday and was headed to the Natchitoches, Louisiana Regional Airport.
Troopers say on the way, the plane started to have engine issues. The aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing at Hilltop Lakes Airport when it crashed near the Hilltop Lakes stables north of Normangee around 10:45 a.m.
Officials say the pilot had been in contact with the FAA before the crash, saying the plane was having engine problems.
ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — A tractor-trailer crashed into a Primanti Bros. restaurant in Allegheny County early Sunday.