BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. — A woman is dead and two others sustained suspected serious injuries after a wrong-way crash that closed all eastbound lanes of Interstate 376 in Aliquippa Friday night.
According to a tweet from PennDOT, the crash took place between Exit 39 towards Monaca and Exit 45 towards Aliquippa.
UPDATE: Crash on I-376 eastbound between Exit 39 - PA 18/Monaca and Exit 45 - Aliquippa. All lanes closed.— 511PA Pittsburgh (@511PAPittsburgh) February 18, 2023
According to Pennsylvania State Police, three cars were involved in the crash. A Honda Civic was driving west in the eastbound lane and collided with a Toyota Rav4. The Honda then hit a Subaru Forester about a quarter mile west of the initial crash.
All three cars were disabled from the impact.
The drivers of the Honda and the Subaru had suspected serious injuries from the crash and were flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, state police said.
The passenger of the Subaru, identified as Lorie Thomas, 60, from Aliquippa, was killed in the crash.
BREAKING: At least one person is dead after a wrong-way crash on I-376 East between the Center and Aliquippa exits. Live details ahead on @WPXI at 11 pic.twitter.com/gUJqpMeNsA— Rich Pierce (@RichPierceWPXI) February 18, 2023
According to state police, the Honda had an open container of an alcoholic drink on the driver’s side floor and the car smelled like alcohol. Officials got a search warrant for a legal blood draw of the Honda’s driver.
The investigation is ongoing.
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