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State police continue to investigate Route 28 crash

Emily Balser
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Southbound traffic on Freeport Road through O'Hara and Blawnox was still jammed after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, after a serious accident on nearby Route 28 shut down the southbound lanes shortly before 5 p.m. Traffic going in the opposite direction moved freely.
Emily Balser | Tribune-Review
Southbound traffic on Freeport Road through O'Hara and Blawnox was still jammed after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, after a serious accident on nearby Route 28 shut down the southbound lanes shortly before 5 p.m. Traffic going in the opposite direction moved freely.
A tractor-trailer truck and a car were involved in a four-vehicle accident on Route 28 southbound near Fox Chapel on Wednesday.
WPXI
A tractor-trailer truck and a car were involved in a four-vehicle accident on Route 28 southbound near Fox Chapel on Wednesday.
A tractor-trailer truck and a car were involved in a four-vehicle crash on Route 28 southbound near Fox Chapel on Wednesday.
WPXI
A tractor-trailer truck and a car were involved in a four-vehicle crash on Route 28 southbound near Fox Chapel on Wednesday.

The driver of a tractor-trailer that caused a four-car accident on Route 28 Wednesday is facing a firearms charge unrelated to the wreck.

Arther Wells, 69, of Mississippi is charged with carrying a firearm without a license. No other charges have been filed related to the crash.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20 in front of District Judge Elissa Lang.

State police are still investigating the crash that left one person injured and closed both southbound lanes for about seven hours on Wednesday.

Trooper Clinton Mearkle said Thursday no more information would be released while the crash is under investigation — including why the lanes remained closed for so long afterward.

He didn't know how long the investigation would take.

Police said the accident happened just before 5 p.m. near the Fox Chapel exit (Exit 8) when Wells couldn't stop his tractor-trailer and rear-ended Zachary Wilkoski, 29, of Carnegie.

State police said he was seriously injured.

They said Wilkoski was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, but an AGH spokeswoman said Thursday that he was not registered as a patient there.

The Trib's news partner, WPXI, reported Thursday evening that Wilkoski's family was with him at the hospital.

Two other drivers involved in the crash were not injured, according to a state police release.

The southbound lanes remained closed until about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. The accident caused massive rush-hour traffic backups on Route 28 and nearby Freeport Road in Aspinwall, O'Hara and Blawnox where traffic was diverted.

Staff writer Patrick Varine contributed to this report. Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or on Twitter @emilybalser.

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