• Woman celebrating birthday crashes, nearly flies over hillside


    PITTSBURGH - A woman who lost control of her car Thursday morning nearly plunged over a hillside.

    Police said the accident happened on Pioneer Avenue in Dormont.

    Susan Basits said she was driving up a hill when she lost control of her Ford Explorer and slammed through a guardrail, striking a tree.

    “I don’t know if I hit an icy spot, but the car swerved to the left and I crossed over the yellow lines,” Basits said. “The vehicle just did a U-turn and there was nowhere else to go but into the guardrail and tree.”

    Basits, whose birthday is Thursday, told Channel 11’s Vince Sims that she thinks the tree saved her life.

    “I’m fortunate for the guardrail, and very fortunate for the tree. There wasn’t a lot of impact, the airbag didn’t even come out,” Basists said.

    Despite Basits saying she feared she would crash into oncoming traffic, emergency officials said she wasn’t seriously hurt.

    “I can’t believe it because today is my birthday and this is how it started,” Basits said. “It could have been much worse, though, so I’m just glad I’m safe.”

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