Man, woman killed in head-on crash in Derry Township

DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man and woman were killed in a car crash in Derry Township late Saturday night.

According to the Westmoreland County Office of the Coroner, the crash happened on state Route 981 between Flowers Road and Slag Road at around 9:01 p.m.

Joseph Gshinsky, 35, from North Fayette Township in Allegheny County, was driving north on state Route 981 when his car crossed the center line into the opposite lane of travel and hit a Honda CRV head-on, officials said.

Gshinsky and the CRV’s driver, 61-year-old Sherry Shaffer, were pronounced dead at the scene around two hours after the crash.

Officials said Gshinsky wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Officials also said at this time, it’s believed speed played a factor in the crash.

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