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1 driver killed, another injured in wrong-way crash on I-79

CANONSBURG, Pa. — A driver was killed early Saturday morning in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 79 in Washington County, police said.

Investigators said the driver who died, 25-year-old Amanda Towns, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. Towns’ car collided head-on with an SUV shortly before 3 a.m. at Exit 45 in Canonsburg.

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The driver of the SUV suffered injuries, police said. The extent of the injuries was not immediately available.

Channel 11 spoked with Lawrence Burgess, who lives about a half mile away. He said he heard the impact.

"I heard this big, just sounded like metal dropping. I thought a truck on the highway dropped its load or something. So, I thought, 'Wow, something crazy happened up there,'" Burgess said.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.