Icy roads are thought to have contributed to the morning crash, which involved two vehicles. According to law enforcement the crash occurred on a bridge that was believed to have icy patches upon it. One vehicle may have hit an icy patch before it slid into another vehicle that at the time was travelling in the opposite direction.
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The collision resulted in injuries to those involved and several were transported to hospitals. Sadly, the person who was most hurt in the crash is a 3-year-old girl who, at the time of the incident, was properly restrained as a passenger in the vehicle that lost control. The child, who was described as having preexisting medical conditions, apparently stopped breathing as a result of the crash. Following the incident her medical condition was described as critical.
Following the crash, as a result of the slippery conditions, officials closed the bridge.
Though an investigation could provide other reasons for this crash, the road conditions are believed to have played a role. Whether a different driving approach could have led to a different result is unclear. Depending on the findings of the investigation it is possible that civil lawsuits could be filed in conjunction with this crash.
Source: KDKA, “3-Year-Old Critically Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash On Rankin Bridge,” Heather Abraham, Dec. 4, 2014