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Police still probing fatal Route 910 crash in Pine

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
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Northern Regional Police on Tuesday released details about the three-vehicle crash along Route 910 in Pine that killed a Sewickley man on Monday.

The collision, involving a crane truck, tractor-trailer and a pickup, happened just before 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Route 910 and Karrington Drive.

Chief Robert Amann said police do not know the exact cause of the crash and are continuing to investigate.

“Nothing's being ruled out,” he said. “We're looking at every possible lead on this.”

Officials identified the man killed as Jay Watts, 54, of Sewickley.

Amann said Watts, who was driving the pickup, was behind the tractor-trailer when the crash happened. The pickup and tractor-trailer were traveling west, and the crane truck was traveling east.

Amann said the crane truck had been going around a bend when it drifted into the westbound lane, struck the tractor-trailer and fell on top of the pickup.

“The truck was beginning to flip,” he said. “It was flipping over, at which time it landed on top of the victim's pickup truck.”

Watts died at the scene.

Amann identified the driver of the crane truck as Charles Hunter, 71, of Scottdale and the driver of the tractor-trailer as William Belsterling, 60, of Cranberry Township.

Hunter was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment, but Amann did not know his condition Tuesday. Belsterling wasn't injured in the incident, the chief said.

Amann said the crane truck is registered to Hunter's address, and police are trying to determine if he is the owner/operator of the vehicle.

He said the department also is doing an accident reconstruction to help determine the cause of the crash.

“This is still an ongoing investigation,” he said. “Everything's being looked at.”

The chief said the road is well-traveled by trucks and there is a reduced speed limit posted for people driving around the curves.

“There's some sharp bends on the roadway in this area,” he said. “It's a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit through there — but PennDOT has warning signs posted for these bends to travel them (at) 25 miles-per-hour.”

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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