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Two accidents involving vehicles hitting a residence happened in a span of less than twenty-seven hours and less than six miles apart in the Erie region over the weekend. The first took place on Friday night at approximately 10:30 at the intersection of East 24th Street and French Street, about a block from the Holland Street Playground. One person in the vehicle was rushed to a local hospital.
According to local police, a sport-utility vehicle drove through a stop sign without stopping, then smashed into a Pontiac Vibe. Police say the SUV then continued moving and crashed into a house located at the intersection.
Dispatchers were initially told that a driver of one of the vehicle was trapped inside, but first responders confirmed that was not true once they got to the scene. Police say it was a passenger in the Pontiac Vibe that was injured and that person was taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie to be treated. The victim's condition is not known at this point.
The second accident, which happened at around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning is much more tragic. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 8 and Hillborn Road, about six miles southeast of the accident the night before.
Police say they're still unsure why the driver of a 2004 GMC Envoy lost control of the SUV and rolled the vehicle multiple times before crashing into a residential home.
Police say the victims include a 17-year-old male and 22-year-old female who were seriously hurt in the accident, and a 17-year-old male and 20-year-old female who died as a result of the accident.
Erie Police say that they think there may be several witnesses who may be able to tell them exactly what happened, but no more information has been released as the investigation continues. Erie Police have asked that if anyone has information about the accident, they may anonymously call Pennsylvania State Trooper Ryan Boughter at 814-898-1641.
Source: YourErie.com, "Two Dead, Two Critically Injured in Early Morning Accident" 5 October 2014