Woman struck by truck in parking lot of New Kensington bar

Silver truck on left involved in mishap.

Silver truck on left involved in mishap.

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – A woman was transported by Life Flight from the Valley High School parking lot to a Pittsburgh hospital after she was hit by her husband’s truck Tuesday evening around 10 pm. The woman was helping him back out of the lot at the Tel Star Bar when she was hit. According to 911 radio traffic, New Kensington police requested the ambulance to expedite to the scene for head injuries.

Police immediately requested a chopper be put on stand-by and landed in the school parking lot a short time later. New Kensington EMS transported the woman from the scene of the accident to Valley High School where she was prepared for air transport. New Kensington Fire Department assisted at the landing zone.

Sources said the man was not intoxicated and would not be cited in the mishap. The Tel Star Bar is located on Rt. 780 and Crestline drive near the Lower Burrell Township line. The identity of the couple was not immediately available. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Hawk Towing of Arnold.

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Woman injured in crash at intersection in downtown New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – One person was injured and transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital after a two vehicle crash at the intersection of 4th and 9th in downtown New Kensington earlier today. The injured woman was complaining of head, hip, and knee injuries.

The male driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash did not appear injured and was not transported from the scene. New Kensington #1 Fire Department was called to the scene to clean up gasoline that spilled on the roadway.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.



Leechburg schools evacuated after bomb threat

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LEECHBURG, Pa. – Bomb sniffing K-9 dogs were called to Leechburg High School at 8:55 am this morning after what was reported as a “written note of a bomb threat for today”, and authorities immediately went into evacuation mode. City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Sheriff, and Westmorland Park Police brought in dogs to search the High School and Elementary Buildings.

Students were sent to a nearby church facility and Leechburg Fire Department while authorities kept the school on lockdown. Parents were seen at both locations picking up their children. Most recently it was reported the dogs were getting tired and police were waiting for more to show up at the scene to continue their search. There were no reports of injuries. It’s not known if school will resume after the “all clear” is given.

Gilpin, Leechburg, Westmorland County Sheriffs, and Leechburg Fire Departments are on scene for traffic control.

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Arnold Police called to Kennedy Riverside Park – two people hurt in seperate falls

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ARNOLD, Pa. – Two persons were injured and complaining of back and neck injuries in two separate fall accidents at Kennedy Riverside Park near the Allegheny River just after 6:00 pm today.

Arnold #2 Fire Chief and Medic Christopher O’Leath said a 14 year old female juvenile was apparently walking on the upper walkway near the baseball field when she got to close to the edge of the hillside and went over backwards. Medics on scene were treating this female patient approximately half way up the paved ramp. Crews stabilized this patient and moved her a waiting ambulance for transport to Allegheny Valley Hospital.

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In a separate incident that occurred at nearly the same time further down the ramp, Arnold Police Sergeant Marcia Cole relayed to 911 another person was possibly in need of medical treatment. New Kensington Medic Christopher O’Leath evaluated this male individual and fire crews carried this patient up the long paved ramp for a second transport. It’s believed this individual possibly fell about three feet from the end of the aluminum walkway near the rivers edge.




Unattended child nearly drowns in river – Vandergrift couple save youth with rescue and CPR

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TARENTUM, Pa. – Nathan Bargerstock, 30, of Vandergrift said he just scraped him up and carried the four year old boy up the steps to a party dock where his wife performed CPR on the lifeless child. Bargerstock found the child unresponsive after nearly drowning along the Allegheny Rivers edge in Riverview Park. He said the four year old boy was out of the water and on the lower landing when he got to him. Apparently his six year old brother pulled him from the river, while a 7 year old female went for help across the street, said Nathan.

The couple and their young daughter were in the park enjoying the Easter day when all the commotion started. Bargerstock said when the seven year old returned from the church across the street, she was accompanied by a woman pushing a stroller. Bargerstock realized something must have been wrong and located the helpless child on one of the docks. It’s unclear how the children got down to the docks, but it was noted there was no lock on the gate leading down the steps to the rivers edge.

Bargerstock’s wife, who is a medical professional, said the child was unresponsive and mildly breathing when her husband reached the party deck. She performed CPR on the child and was able get him breathing again. She said she felt his stomach/lung area and could hear he was raled: (an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon listening to the chest, caused by disease or congestion of the lungs.) The child had a heartbeat of 140 and was gray. Bargerstock said there were no adults tending to the 3 youths at the dock.

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Eureka Fire-Rescue-EMS* arrived on scene within minutes. The dispatch went out as a child out in the water, unconscious and possibly a drowning. When AKVNEWS arrived on scene, the victim was inside Eureka’s ambulance in preparation for transport. Brad James, Deputy Chief of Eureka Fire Rescue EMS* said the victim was stable. The call came in at 11:34 am and by 12:13 pm, Eureka Medic 288 arrived at Children’s Hospital. No other injuries were reported.


Balloons released for Brandon in Apollo

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APOLLO, Pa. – Affectionately known as “Bubba”, a gathering of family and friends united to honor a young man from Apollo who lost his life in a car crash earlier this week.

Tears and heartfelt hurt was shared amongst all those who attended as Brandon touched so many lives. Brandon Sauers Barr, a young man of age 15, loved being outdoors, kayaking, canoeing, lifting weights and playing basketball. Continue reading…


Community Easter Egg hunt in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Situated along Freeport road in New Kensington, The River church held it’s Easter Egg hunt for community youth Saturday morning on the front lawn of the church. A very large crowd attended the event as the children couldn’t wait to get started on the egg hunt.

Warm dry weather made the outing a great way for their church community to come together and enjoy the event. Inside the church, food items and Continue reading…


5th victim dies from injuries sustained in a horrific crash in Armstrong County

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SOUTH BEND TOWNSHIP, ARMSTRONG COUNTY, Pa. – (UPDATE:  4-18-2014 @ 5:37pm)  Passenger Kent G. Smith, 34, of Elderton died Thursday evening from injuries sustained in a two car crash in South Bend Township, Armstrong County.  Police believe speed was a major factor and toxicology testing will be done as part of the autopsies on both operators.  The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

 12:41 pm (Update:)   From PSP Kittanning.  Tpr. Andrew M. Andryka has reported 3 persons in a 2003 Ford Mustang GT were killed in the crash.  Those identified are as follows:  Operator Brandon James Sulava, 19,  of Apollo,  a male juvenile passenger, age 15, Apollo, and Brieyonah Marie Painter, 18 female, of Kittanning. 

The second vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Crystal Kay Kelley, 41 of Avonmore died in the crash.  Passengers Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore sustained major injuries, passenger Kent G. Smith, 34, of Elderton sustained major injuries, and passenger Kristy Ann Schall, 35, of Shelocta sustained major injuries.  The time of the crash is listed as 2223 hours on 4-16-2014.   The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

Earlier:  3 Teenagers- ages 19, 18, 15 and a 41 year old female were victims of a high speed crash on SR. 156 South Bend Township overnight.  Police say a Ford Mustang was split in half and an engine was approximately 120 yards from the impact location.  One vehicle crossed over the center line and hit head-on.  The death toll is at 4, and the remaining 3 passengers are in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital.

9:51 am  At least 4 people were killed in the late night crash in South Bend Township, Armstrong County.  The crash scene was termed “horrible” by the coroner.  State Police have not released the names of the deceased.   

In overnight news, Pennsylvania State Police Kittanning are on the scene of a reported head-on collision on SR. 156 North near Gobblers Run Road in South Bend Township. Kiski Township firefighters have blocked traffic at Ole Mill Road and 156 while police conduct their investigation into the crash.

Initial reports were at least 2 medical helicopters transported victims from the scene. A coroner has been called to the scene. Stay with AKVNEWS for more on this developing story.