One transported after two separate (but related) crashes on 56 bypass in New Kensington


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New Kensington, Pa. – One person was transported to the hospital after being involved in a vehicle crash that occurred on SR 56 bypass just a few hundred yards past Memorial Park late Sunday evening.

New Kensington Police units arrived to find a vehicle on its side in the Eastbound lane of SR 56 facing the flow of traffic and also located the second wreck of a vehicle into a hillside on the Westbound side of the roadway.

Sources at the scene said the first crash occurred after the Westbound operator of (unit #1) apparently lost control possibly caused by texting and driving under the influence of alcohol. The 4-door sedan crossed the concrete median strip into the Eastbound lane when it rolled over on its side coming to rest still facing Westbound but in the Eastbound lane. That driver was given a field sobriety test and transported from the scene by New Kensington Police.


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Two trailing vehicle operators (unit #2 & unit# 3) behind (unit #1) became distracted by observing the crash of unit #1. Next, the second driver (unit #2) of the second crash ran off the roadway striking a steel post holding up a large PennDot directional sign. That vehicle came to a final rest against a hillside with the driver injured. Firefighters extricated the driver of (unit #2), packaged this patient on a stretcher and was carried to an awaiting EMS unit for transport to the hospital.

The third vehicle (unit #3) involved sustained heavy damage to the rear. It was not immediately which vehicle was the cause of the second crash. The incidents occurred at about 10:00 pm.

New Kensington fire crews cleaned up heavy car part debris from both sides of the 4-lane roadway. Traffic control was handled by Lower Burrell Police at Craigdell Road and firefighters near the split at Memorial Park.

Hawk Towing of Arnold towed at least 2 vehicles from the scene. The roadway was closed for about 2 hours.


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