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2 men find teacher injured in Zelienople car crash

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Two men found a Seneca Valley Middle School teacher who was critically injured when his car landed in Connoquenessing Creek on its roof, police said.

Henry Stefanacci, 48, a special education teacher, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian. He lost control of his car on Sunday night while driving north on Halstead Boulevard, Zelienople police Chief Jim Miller said.

At a bend in the road, Stefanacci's car skidded into the water about 15 feet below.

Two young men found Stefanacci, Miller said.

“It's amazing that they even saw him. It's very dark there,” he said.

Firefighters and a water rescue crew cut a door off the car to extract Stefanacci, Miller said.

“They also spent quite a bit of time making sure no one else was injured and in the area,” he said.

Police are investigating what caused the accident. Stefanacci was able to speak with rescue workers, Miller said.

At Seneca Valley School District, spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said faculty, students and staff were “saddened to hear about the accident, especially given the serious nature of the injuries.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him for a full recovery,” she said.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at

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