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Route 22 crash claims Greensburg driver, sends 2 passengers to hospitals

Jeff Himler
| Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

A Greensburg man was killed and two passengers were injured after his car was rear-ended by a pickup truck Friday morning on Route 22 in Salem, according to state police.

Police said Charles Vincent Hodgkins, 27, was trapped in the car and had to be freed by firefighters and emergency medical crew members. He was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Brittany Ann Hodgkins, 28, of Greensburg, who was a front-seat passenger in the car, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered a significant injury, police said. She was taken to Forbes Hospital and then transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she was listed in serious condition Friday night.

A 3-year-old Greensburg girl restrained in a child seat in the car suffered a lower-limb injury and was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, according to police.

The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. as the car was stopped on Route 22 at the intersection of East Pittsburgh Street.

The truck had moderate damage to its front end. The driver, Brian Keith Clemons of New Alexandria, declined medical treatment, police said.

The car received heavy rear-end damage. It spun and came to rest in the center median of the intersection.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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