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Wrong way, head-on, drunken tragedy

The 25-year-old was scheduled to have his DUI case heard by a judge the next day. It might have seemed likely to the young Pennsylvania man that he would be punished, so he was apparently out to have a good time that night.

He was allegedly intoxicated when he was driving around 1 a.m. This time, however, the price would be much higher than a drunken driving arrest. This time, he is said to have driven the wrong way on Route 22, slamming head-on into another vehicle -- killing the other driver on the spot.

Latrobe Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash in Washington Township

On July 22, 2015, early in the morning, a motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision on Route 366 in Washington Township. A Chevrolet pickup truck that was driving east on Route 366 veered into the opposite lane and hit the motorcycle head-on.

After the impact, both the pickup truck and motorcycle ran off of the road and over an embankment. The motorcyclist died at the scene of the accident due to the severe impact of the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was treated and released at Forbes Hospital for his injuries.

July is the Most Dangerous Month for Motorcycles

According to a report released by Progressive Insurance, July 2014 had the most motorcycle claims for the year. Summer is when you will see an increase in motorcycles on the road. June, July and August are when most motorcycle accidents occur, Saturdays being the most dangerous day of the week.

July is said to be the most dangerous month for motorcycle riders. The average number of claims for the month are 79 percent higher than the average for the rest of the year.

Two workers hurt in backhoe accident, gas line explosion

Pittsburgh sits about 38 miles southwest of the tiny town of Worthington, a place probably best known for its rich deposits of coal and natural gas. WTAE recently reported on a high-pressure accident that left two workers with injuries. A backhoe operator suffered apparently serious burns when the heavy machinery struck a high-pressure gas line, which then exploded.

The fire spread to the backhoe with the operator caught in the blaze. He was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of his burns. The other injured worker was transported to an area hospital with injuries described as minor.

Man faces homicide, DUI charges in fatal police crash

Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV reports that an area man is facing third-degree homicide charges for his involvement in a crash that killed a police officer in early May. A Ligonier Township police lieutenant was killed in the early-morning wrong-way wreck.

Investigators reported finding a 16-ounce beer can in the driver's van. Emergency responders said the driver admitted to a paramedic that he had been drinking and that he smelled strongly of alcohol.

UPS Truck Crashes into Amish Buggy Killing Two

On Friday, June 10, a UPS truck crashed into an Amish horse and buggy in Logan Township. The crash left a woman and an eight-year-old boy dead.

The UPS truck drifted into the path of the horse and buggy and struck a rail that runs alongside the horse. The rail impaled the truck causing it to overturn. The truck traveled about 100 feet after the collision. It finally came to a stop after it crashed into a tree. The driver of the truck was reported to have minor injuries.

More airbags recalled due to threat of explosions in crashes

Rather than saving lives in auto crashes, the Takata airbag is believed by investigators to be taking lives and causing injuries. The recalls of the airbags keep rising, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles adding 88,346 Dodge Challengers to the totals. The Challengers manufactured from 2008-2010 have been recalled to replace the driver-side airbags.

Consumer Reports says the recalls are due to defects in the airbag's metal inflators, which are filled with propellant wafers. In some cases, the propellant has ignited in crashes, blowing metal shards throughout the inside of the vehicle. The result, says Car Connection: "scores of injuries and at least eight deaths."

GM Recalls Hummer Models due to Potential Burn Injury

On Wednesday, July 8, General Motors (GM) announced that they are recalling Hummer SUV models due to an overheating fan. The defective fan has caused three people to be burned already. The recall affects nearly 200,000 Hummer models. This includes the 2006- 2010 Hummer H3 and 2009 and 2010 H3T models.

Pittsburgh hospital: Condition of pedestrian injured in crash worsens

Americans are living longer than ever and enjoying life in their senior years in new and exciting ways. Unfortunately, a 78-year-old Pennsylvania man is struggling to hang on to his golden years after being struck in a pedestrian accident a few days ago.

The Pittsburgh hospital caring for his severe injuries has downgraded his condition to critical, an area newspaper reports.


Teen Left Seriously Injured after Accident in Washington County

Five teens were involved in a two-vehicle accident around 7 p.m. on July 6, 2015. The teens were traveling east on Pigeon Creek Road in Somerset Township when they ran a stop sign. A minivan that was traveling south, struck the side of the teen's vehicle.

Police reported that one of the passengers in the teen's vehicle was seriously injured after the crash and was flown to a nearby hospital by helicopter.

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