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2 injured in weekend crash in Forward Twp.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 1:41 a.m.

Two motorists were injured in a weekend crash in Forward Township that remains under investigation.

Township residents Justin Withers, 28, and Melynda Hull, 34, were taken to Allegheny General Hospital after their red Ford 250 truck went off Rainbow Run Road at about 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Withers was driving the vehicle westbound on the roadway when it sheared a telephone pole, rolled, then hit a white pickup truck and house at 3262 Rainbow Run Road.

Withers and Hull were ejected from the vehicle and flown by emergency helicopter to Pittsburgh where they were initially listed in fair and critical condition, respectively.

Forward Township police Chief Mark Holtzman said Monday both victims are expected to recover from their injuries.

The chief said charges may be filed. Holtzman said the truck appears to have been traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the accident.

Trib Total Media news partner the Valley Independent reports Hull was found on the porch of the house the truck hit lying on an orange construction sign that said “Be Prepared to Stop.” Whithers was found under the white truck.

The couple lives along Rainbow Run Road. It is unclear if they were leaving or heading home at the time of the wreck.

The American Red Cross is assisting three people who live in the affected house with food and shelter.

Trib Total Media contributed to this report. Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or

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