Three killed when minivan crashes into tree in Butler County
By Michael Hasch
Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:33 p.m.
Three people — including a child — were killed and two others injured when a minivan crashed into a tree Wednesday in Butler County.
The crash occurred at 6:12 p.m. in Brady Township along Centreville Pike, the road leading from Route 8 to Slippery Rock, county emergency dispatchers said.
Two adults and a child were pronounced dead at the scene, state police Lt. Eric Hermick said. Two children were flown to hospitals in stable condition.
Hermick identified the victims as Kimberly A. McLaughlin, 31, of Coraopolis, who was driving the vehicle; Terry W. Cramer Jr., 42, also of Coraopolis, who was riding in the front seat; and Terry Cramer III, 3, who was in a child restraint seat in the rear.
Emily McLaughlin, 1, was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital, and Stephanie Pounds, 11, was flown to Children's Hospital, he said.
Hermick said it appears McLaughlin may have fallen asleep at the wheel and lost control of the southbound vehicle, which swerved across the northbound lanes and hit a stump before being catapulted, roof first, into the tree.
The vehicle then came to rest upright, said Dave Taggart, chief of Slippery Rock Fire and Rescue.
“Two ambulances were on the scene when I got there. They had two of the kids out (of the vehicle),” he said. “We had to extricate the others who were trapped in the van. All the kids were still in child restraint seats. The driver was wearing a seat belt; the man wasn't.”
Hermick said some family members arrived at the scene — not far from The Old Stone House historic inn and museum — when accident reconstruction specialists were still at the scene.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: Big Ben’s contract clock ticking
- Penn State’s Franklin cherishes memories of time spent in Pittsburgh
- W.Pa. engineer aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight
- Analysis: Kesler still on Pens’ radar as Shero aims to bring back ‘Big 3’
- Chancellor Brogan angles to retool universities in Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
- Talented center Sutter is proving to be ‘pretty important’ for Penguins
- Democratic governor candidate Wagner remains confident amid skepticism
- Pitt looking to enhance profile at ACC tourney
- Penguins notebook: Beau Bennett returns to practice
- Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant girls reach 2nd round of PIAA playoffs
- Scientists: Test West Coast for Fukushima radiation