• Woman killed after crashing into dump truck on Route 28 ID'd


    NATRONA HEIGHTS, Pa. - Authorities have identified the 38-year-old woman who died Monday in an accident on Route 28 between the Natrona Heights and Freeport/Millerstown exits.

    State police responded to the accident in the northbound lanes around 9 a.m.

    State police said a Pittsburgh Public Works employee who witnessed another crash stopped to help the people involved in the first accident.  

    “The city of Pittsburgh dump truck driver witnessed the crash. The driver [of the truck] stopped to be a good Samaritan to check on the young girl who had crashed,” Trooper Christopher Robbins said.

    As the employee was talking the driver in the first crash, the driver of a Chevy Impala then lost control and slammed into the Pittsburgh Public Works dump truck. The driver, identified as Roxanne Taylor, died.

    “The roadway surface here has a tendency to hit black ice, and such, and anyone that is local in this area usually knows that. But in this time in Western Pa. you need to slow down and be careful,” Robbins said. “It’s very tragic. It’s even hard on my troopers. I mean, we do see this every day, and you see ones that stick with you.”

    While police worked to clear the scene, northbound traffic was detoured at the Natrona Heights exit. The roadway reopened around 2 p.m. 

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