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Hempfield Township car crash victim upgraded to fair

| Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 3:19 p.m.

A Mt. Pleasant woman who was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital early Saturday after she was seriously injured in a vehicle crash was reported to be in fair condition on Wednesday.

Connie Nelson, 45, remains a patient at UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. The crash occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday on Mt. Pleasant Road in Hempfield, a half mile south of Buckingham Drive, state police said.

Nelson failed to negotiate a left-hand curve while traveling south on Mt. Pleasant Road, police said. She then struck a guide rail and was ejected from her vehicle -- a 2002 Ford Expedition -- which then struck an embankment before coming to rest in a creek about 900 feet from where Nelson was ejected.

Nelson was not wearing a seat belt, state police said.

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