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Pickup passenger dies of Bullskin Township crash injuries

| Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

A Uniontown woman injured in a crash on Tuesday died of blunt-force trauma to the chest, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Diane E. Bittinger, 80, died at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland after the wreck on Route 119 in Bullskin Township at 4:25 p.m. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

According to state police at Uniontown, Bittinger was in a 1998 Ford F-150 driven by Arnold S. Bittinger, 72, of Uniontown. The truck was traveling north on Route 119 when Arnold Bittinger lost control at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 1042.

Police said the truck traveled off Route 119 and struck a guide rail on the north berm of Route 1042. The investigation is continuing.

Arnold Bittinger suffered a minor hand injury.

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