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Glassport woman killed in five-vehicle crash on Second Avenue

| Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, 9:36 a.m.
Pittsburgh police were on the scene of a fatal crash involving several cars and a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012, on Second Avenue near Brady Street downtown. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh police were on the scene of a fatal crash involving several cars and a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012, on Second Avenue near Brady Street downtown. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh police were on the scene of a fatal crash involving several cars and a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012, on Second Avenue near Brady Street downtown. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A truck hauling gravel on Tuesday morning careened off a stone wall and landed on its side, and a car went airborne and hit several vehicles before landing on its roof, killing a woman inside, according to police.

Theresa R. Anderson, 43, of Glassport, died at the scene of the five-vehicle crash on Second Avenue in South Oakland, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, which ruled her death accidental. Anderson died of blunt-force trauma and a brain injury.

Following the 8:20 a.m. wreck, Pittsburgh paramedics transported two injured people to UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland, and another person to UPMC Mercy, Uptown. All the injured people, whose names were not released, appeared to be in stable condition, EMS District Chief Wayne Epps said.

A 1.7-mile stretch of Second Avenue between Bates and Brady streets remained closed for nearly nine hours.

“We're looking at speed, wet weather and passing issues,” said Sgt. Daniel Connolly, who heads the city police collision investigation unit. “We're still piecing all this together, but at least one of the drivers could be charged.”

Connolly declined to identify the driver, adding that it could take several weeks for the investigation to be completed.

The truck driver, who was not hurt, declined to talk to reporters at the scene. He was not identified by authorities.

Funeral arrangements for Anderson are being handled by Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport. Family members could not be reached for comment.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or tlarussa@tribweb.com. Staff writer Margaret Harding contributed to this report.

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