18-year-old killed in crash with dump truck in East Huntingdon

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EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - An 18-year-old was killed after his car collided with a dump truck in East Huntingdon Township Saturday afternoon.

Brendan Walter, of East Huntingdon Township, was traveling on State Route 31 when the car he was driving hit the dump truck shortly before 5 p.m.

Investigators said the Honda Civic failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and crossed the centerline into the path of the oncoming dump truck.

Harriet Caroline said, “I just heard what sounded like an explosion and I looked out my window and I saw car parts flying through the air.”

Walter’s car was split in two by the impact of the crash. The dump truck came to a stop on top of the back end of the vehicle.

Walter was pronounced dead at the scene by Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Joshua Zappone. The driver of the dump truck suffered minor injuries.

Police said speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

According to Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha, Walter was not wearing a seat belt.

“My prayers go out to the families of those who were hurt,” said Caroline.