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Rt. 837 accident injures 2

| Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

An accident involving a dump truck and a pick-up truck along Route 837 in Dravosburg resulted in the driver of the smaller vehicle being flown to a local trauma center.

A firefighter responding to the accident also was taken to a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle.

The accident occurred Tuesday at approximately 2 p.m. near Elizabeth Road.

McKeesport police Sgt. Chris Olinsky said it appears the pick-up driver was attempting to make a left turn out of the Century Steel parking lot and into the southbound lane of Route 837 when the dump truck, which was traveling northbound, hit the smaller vehicle in the driver's side door.

The impact was strong enough to push the front driver's side wheel of the pick-up into the truck's engine, Olinsky said.

Both vehicles crossed into the oncoming southbound lane and burrowed into an earthen embankment on that side of the road.

He said the trucks were approximately 60 feet apart when they hit the embankment and stopped moving.

Police said skid marks at the scene indicate the dump truck driver hit the brakes and tried to swerve to avoid hitting the pick-up.

The driver of the dump truck was able to get out of his vehicle on his own but the pick-up operator had to be removed by emergency personnel and was flown by emergency helicopter to an area trauma center.

The pick-up driver was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, according to a McKeesport Ambulance and Rescue Service spokesperson.

Olinsky said the driver was "in and out of consciousness" immediately following the wreck. He said the driver reported no pain but appeared to have sustained a laceration on his left arm. Olinsky said the driver reported no memory of the accident.

A firefighter was struck by a vehicle at the scene. He at first refused treatment but subsequently was transported to an area hospital for evaluation, according to MARS.

Police did not identify any of the parties involved in the accident Tuesday.

Prior to responding to the Dravosburg accident, McKeesport police had been on the scene of another crash involving three vehicles along E. Fifth Avenue in McKeesport near the merge ramp coming from the McKeesport-Duquesne bridge.

Two vehicles had to be towed from the scene because of their damages: a small Saturn SUV sustained front-end damage and its airbags deployed and a Ford Fusion sustained serious rear-end damage, police said. A third vehicle, a larger pick-up truck, was able to be driven from the scene.

No one reportedly was hurt in the McKeesport crash, which occurred around 1:30 p.m.

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