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Route 28 accident victim identified as Arnold woman

| Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, 9:40 a.m.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
State Police start their investigation into a fatal crash involving a City of Pittsburgh dump truck and a passenger vehicle on Route 28 on the overpass above Saxonburg Road in Harrison on Monday, Jan. 13, 2013.

A crash on northbound Route 28 in Harrison on Monday morning killed an Arnold woman.

Roxanne Taylor, 38, of Victoria Avenue died about 8 a.m. when her Chevrolet Impala crashed into a stationary dump truck on the shoulder of the road, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The driver of the city of Pittsburgh truck had pulled over to assist a woman who was involved in a single-car crash with no injuries about 10 minutes earlier.

Both accidents were on the bridge over Saxonburg Road.

State police Trooper Tim Amy said the first crash occurred about 7:50 a.m. when Rebecca Pacek, 24, of Springdale lost control of her northbound car on a patch of ice. The Hyundai sedan struck the right-hand guard rail twice before coming to a stop on the overpass.

The driver of the dump truck, Lynn Fritzley, 52, of Pittsburgh, pulled over behind the wrecked car and called 911 for assistance.

Several minutes later, Taylor approached at “an unsafe speed for the icy roadway,” Amy said, and hit her brakes. As Taylor attempted to veer into the left-hand passing lane, her car went into a clockwise spin and struck the dump truck. The driver's side of the car took the brunt of the impact.

An AK Pulsar Paramedic pronounced Taylor dead at 8:10 a.m. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to release the cause of death following an autopsy scheduled for today.

Neither Pacek nor Fritzley was injured. Pacek will be cited for speeding and an overdue vehicle inspection, according to police reports.

Fritzley told police he was en route to pick up asphalt patch from a vendor inSaxonburg when he saw the first wreck.

Emergency crews closed the northbound section of Route 28 for more than three hours between the Tarentum and Freeport exits while police investigated the scene. Traffic was detoured along Freeport Road until police reopened the expressway just after 12:30 p.m.

Deputy Chief Matt Barch of Citizens Hose Company in Harrison said accidents at the northbound overpass are somewhat commonplace during the winter months.

“This overpass is kind of notorious for accidents when the weather starts to turn for the worse,” he said. “It banks slightly upward and to the right, so you see a lot of people sliding out.”

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or bashe@tribweb.com.

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