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Two bodies found in crumpled car in McKeesport

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - A C&D Towing truck arrives to pull an overturned vehicle from a steep hillside along Riverview Street in McKeesport on Thursday night.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>A C&D Towing truck arrives to pull an overturned vehicle from a steep hillside along Riverview Street in McKeesport on Thursday night.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - McKeesport police Lt. Connor Craig and Sgt. Terry Brownfield discuss an incident along Riverview Street in which a vehicle went over the hillside shortly after a report of shots being fired on Thursday night.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>McKeesport police Lt. Connor Craig and Sgt. Terry Brownfield discuss an incident along Riverview Street in which a vehicle went over the hillside shortly after a report of shots being fired on Thursday night.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - McKeesport firefighter Chris Cerci works to secure an overturned vehicle that careened over a steep hillside along Riverview Street shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>McKeesport firefighter Chris Cerci works to secure an overturned vehicle that careened over a steep hillside along Riverview Street shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday.

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By Tim Karan
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:07 a.m.
 

Allegheny County homicide detectives will try to determine whether two people found inside the crumpled remains of a car that rolled over a McKeesport hillside were shot or died in the accident.

Police responded to a call about gunshots and a car over the wooded hillside at Riverview Street around 9 p.m. Thursday, said Capt. Tim Hanna. They found two bodies inside the car.

The car, a gray or silver sedan, was wedged into the hillside. Hanna said police intended to leave it until county detectives arrived, but a sudden and severe rainfall made the site too dangerous.

“There was no way they were going to get down to it,” Hanna said. “So we (used a tow truck and) pulled the car up over the hill.”

Hanna said it was unclear if the victims were shot.

“We can't confirm that yet,” he said. “We did have a call of four shots fired in the area, but we don't know if that's connected.”

Terry Glenn, who reported the incident to police, said he didn't know if the gunfire was related to the crash.

“I heard gunshots and saw lights coming up from over the side of the hill,” he said. “I didn't get a good look because I wanted to protect my family and took them to the back of the house.”

County homicide detectives will investigate.

Tim Karan is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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