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New Kensington crash under investigation

Matthew Medsger
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 5:15 p.m.
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An investigation into what caused a two-car crash Monday, which New Kensington police Chief Jim Klien called the worst of his career, is ongoing, but the names of the victims have not been made available by police.

Five people were hospitalized, three in critical condition, in the collision, which occurred on the Route 56 Bypass at the New Kensington-Lower Burrell border.

At least two of those injured were children, and three of the victims had to be airlifted to a hospital.

Klein said all five are expected to survive, but could not say what led to the wreck.

The crash, involving an SUV and a pickup, happened shortly before 1 p.m. According to Klein, the SUV traveled down Craigdell Road and was crossing Route 56 when it and the pickup collided.

According to Klien, the driver of the truck is a 56-year-old woman, the driver of the SUV a 48-year-old woman and the SUV's passenger a 22-year-old woman. Both children who were in the SUV are 3, Klien said.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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