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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

A Canonsburg man who once played basketball for Duquesne University died on Saturday in a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Washington County that shut down the highway in both directions for hours, officials said.

Brian L. Anselmino, 45, of Highland Drive was driving a Ford station wagon east just before 1 p.m. when a driver heading in the opposite direction lost control, traveled 174 feet and crossed the median, Washington County Coroner Timothy Warco said in a statement.

Anselmino, who died from blunt-force trauma, played for Duquesne in the late 1980s and was a sales representative for a medical company, said his friend and former teammate Brian Shanahan, 46, of Wexford.

Anselmino's son was in the car with him and was taken to the hospital by helicopter, and he is expected to recover, Shanahan said.

The son is in seventh grade in the Canon-McMillan School District.

Anselmino's wife, Denise, and their son's twin sister were not in the car. Shanahan said the couple also had a 2-year-old daughter who died about a decade ago.

State police said one other victim from another car was flown by helicopter to Pittsburgh for treatment, although the person's condition was unknown.

The accident involved two other vehicles, including a tractor-trailer heading east that crossed the median into the westbound lanes, state police said.

The crash occurred near mile marker 21, just east of the interchange with Interstate 79 in South Strabane.

Shanahan described Anselmino as a family man devoted to helping with his son's basketball teams. The two men had talked Friday night, and Anselmino said he would be watching his daughter's volleyball game yesterday.

“We were just great friends,” Shanahan said. “Ever since our Duquesne days. That's where we met, and we stayed in touch.”

At 6 feet 8 inches, Anselmino graduated from Ringgold High School and became a starter on Duquesne's basketball team in his sophomore year. He led the team in rebounding for his junior and senior seasons, graduating in 1990.

Anselmino traveled with a booster group to see Duquesne play at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia last month, Associate Athletic Director Dave Saba said.

State police did not immediately identify the other victims.

Andrew Conte is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7835 or

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