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Multi-vehicle crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike kills 5 and injures 60 in Mount Pleasant

A horrific crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike killed 5 and injured approximately 60 people according to reports.  The accident happened early this morning at milepost 86 westbound between the Donegal and New Stanton exits in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County.

Officials reported that multiple vehicles including two commercial tractor-trailers, and a passenger vehicle, were involved in the crash.  Crash victims were taken to several different local hospitals including UPMC Somerset Hospital in Somerset, Excela Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, and UPMC Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed in both directions between the New Stanton exit and the Breezewood exit while police and the National Travel Safety Board investigate.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the tour bus was traveling on a downhill curve on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Mount Pleasant when it struck an embankment and flipped on its side. Two commercial trucks and a white car who were traveling behind the bus, crashed into the bus.

During a press conference the Pennsylvania State Police reported the bus, which is with Z&D Tour, Inc., was traveling from Rockaway, New Jersey to Cincinnati, Ohio.

The American Red Cross Greater Pittsburgh region is assisting several of the injured and their families.  Pennsylvania State Police reported that many of the injured may not speak English as a first language.

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