3 wrecks Saturday keep emergency responders busy

Liz Hayes
| Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, 7:12 p.m.

Allegheny Valley emergency responders were kept busy by three vehicle crashes in East Deer, Frazer and Harrison on Saturday.

The most serious crash involved a man pinned from the waist down under a car on Butler Logan Road in Frazer.

The two-vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. Saturday between the back entrance to the Pittsburgh Mills mall and the Frazer No. 2 fire hall.

Frazer No. 2 Assistant fire Chief Gary Harrison said it took rescuers at least 30 minutes to lift the car from the victim with the assistance of a tow truck from Terry's Towing and several area fire departments and ambulance services.

Harrison said the man was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh with serious injuries. It was not known whether he was a driver or passenger.

Harrison believed at least two others were treated for minor injuries.

The man's car apparently veered off the road in the area of 2118 Butler Logan Road, went up a hillside and slid back toward the road, where it crashed into an oncoming van.

Harrison said the car under which the man was pinned was leaning against the van when police arrived.

Frazer police did not return a call for comment.

Less than a mile away in East Deer, a one-car crash tied up traffic on Route 28 earlier in the day.

State police Trooper Anthony Vaccaro said driver Kamicca Anne Williams, 34, of Pittsburgh reportedly was weaving through traffic, including using the median to pass a car, before she apparently lost control just north of the Creighton exit on northbound Route 28 about 11:20 a.m.

Williams' Mercedes-Benz convertible struck a guardrail and a light pole. The pole fell onto the highway, temporarily blocking one lane of Route 28.

Vaccaro said Williams and her passenger, Willis Lincoln Washington Jr., 48, of Arnold, were taken to Allegheny General Hospital with moderate injuries; neither was wearing a seat belt, police said.

It was the second Route 28 crash to which Vaccaro responded within an hour.

He said Blaise Lewis Bowman, 24, of Freeport lost control of his Jeep Cherokee about 10:40 a.m. on Route 28 southbound in Harrison. He struck a guardrail and rolled the Jeep.

Bowman, who was wearing a seat belt, was not reported to be injured.

Police said charges are pending in both Route 28 crashes.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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