28-year-old Diocese of Pittsburgh worker killed in Hampton Twp. crash

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HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The medical examiner has identified the 28-year-old man who was killed in a crash with a school bus in Hampton Township Friday morning.

Channel 11’s Brittny McGraw reported that the bus driver was going south on Route 8 and made a left turn on to East Hardies Road. The driver of a pickup truck, headed north, hit the bus as the bus was turning.

The impact from the crash, witnesses said, forced the bus on top of John Krauland Jr.’s car. Krauland was sitting at a stop light at the time of crash. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Krauland was an employee of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese. He worked as a loss control/safety coordinator. 

“I only hope and pray that this tragedy may be an important lesson for all of us to see what’s really important in life. We can all take this time to appreciate the people we live with,” Bishop David Zubik said.

Channel 11's Alan Jennings reported that Krauland was recently married. His neighbors said he was well-liked.

“He was a great guy. He never had any problems. He just loved everybody,” neighbor Jenn Todorowski said.

Officials said the driver of the pick-up truck was hurt and is being treated at an area hospital. The bus driver has been taken for blood tests.

There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash.

The incident remains under investigation, and police haven’t determined if any charges will be filed.