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3 killed in Bethel Park crash

| Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 4:42 a.m.
A car crashed into a pole Tuesday on Library Road in Bethel Park, killing three people and injuring a fourth.
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A car crashed into a pole Tuesday on Library Road in Bethel Park, killing three people and injuring a fourth.

Alcohol might have played a role in a crash that killed three women – including a teenage girl -- and critically injured a fourth early Tuesday morning in Bethel Park, according to Allegheny County police officials.

Bethel Park police and paramedics responded to Library Road near Brightwood Road shortly before 1 a.m. for a report of a vehicle that hit a utility pole, according to a release from county police.

Officers arrived and found an SUV tangled in power lines that had fallen from the sheared pole. Three women were inside the SUV, and a fourth was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

The 21-year-old driver, who police have not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, along with a passenger identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Heather Nicole Camisa, 17, of Finleyville.

Bianca E. Herwig, 23, of McDonald, was removed from the SUV and taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to the medical examiner.

The 21-year-old woman who was thrown from the vehicle was taken to a hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Police said the SUV was headed north on Library Road at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck a pole. There were no signs any other vehicles were involved, police said.

Investigators said that evidence at the scene indicated alcohol might have been involved.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who heard or saw the SUV before the crash is asked to call Bethel Park police or Allegheny County police at 412-473-1300.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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