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3 wrecks Saturday keep emergency responders busy

| Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, 7:12 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Emergency personnel respond to a two-vehicle accident in front of 2118 Butler Logan Road in Frazer that pinned a driver underneath a car on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Emergency personnel and crews from Terry's Towing work to lift a car off a man who was trapped following a two-vehicle accident in front of 2118 Butler Logan Road in Frazer on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Emergency personnel and crews from Terry's Towing work to lift a vehicle off a man who was trapped following a two-vehicle accident in front of 2118 Butler Logan Road in Frazer as a LifeFlight helicopter prepares to land nearby on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Emergency responders work to remove two people from a Mercedes-Benz convertible that crashed on Route 28 northbound in East Deer about 11:20 a.m. Saturday. State police Trooper Anthony Vaccaro reported driver Kamicca Anne Williams, 34, of Pittsburgh was weaving through traffic, including using the median to pass a car, when she apparently lost control, struck a guard rail and then a light pole that fell on the highway and temporarily blocked traffic on Route 28. Vaccaro said Williams and her passenger, Willis Lincoln Washington Jr., 48, of Arnold were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh with moderate injuries; neither was wearing a seatbelt. It was the second Route 28 crash Vaccaro responded to within an hour. He said Blaise Lewis Bowman, 24, of Freeport was speeding in a Jeep Cherokee about 10:40 a.m. on Route 28 southbound in Harrison when Bowman allegedly lost control, struck a guard rail and rolled the Jeep. Bowman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not reported to be injured. Police said charges are pending in both crashes.
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Emergency responders work to remove two people from a Mercedes-Benz convertible that crashed on Route 28 northbound in East Deer about 11:20 a.m. Saturday. State police Trooper Anthony Vaccaro reported driver Kamicca Anne Williams, 34, of Pittsburgh was weaving through traffic, including using the median to pass a car, when she apparently lost control, struck a guard rail and then a light pole that fell on the highway and temporarily blocked traffic on Route 28. Vaccaro said Williams and her passenger, Willis Lincoln Washington Jr., 48, of Arnold were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh with moderate injuries; neither was wearing a seatbelt. It was the second Route 28 crash Vaccaro responded to within an hour. He said Blaise Lewis Bowman, 24, of Freeport was speeding in a Jeep Cherokee about 10:40 a.m. on Route 28 southbound in Harrison when Bowman allegedly lost control, struck a guard rail and rolled the Jeep. Bowman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not reported to be injured. Police said charges are pending in both crashes.

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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