REDSTONE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A second man has died after a car crash in Fayette County that nearly bent a car in half.
Police say the car went on to the berm, crossed the opposing lane of traffic, slammed into a tree and then spun around to rest against a home along Filbert Orient Road in Redstone Township.
The driver, 46 year-old Paul Hall of Republic, died at the scene. A passenger, 47-year-old John King, died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va., around 3 p.m. Friday.
A second passenger, who was in the backseat, has been released from the hospital.
Police say speed was a factor in the crash. They also say beer cans were found in the car, but the coroner will have to perform toxicology tests to see if the driver could have been under the influence.
A friend of the victims, Arlene Fisher, was in shock over the news.
“Bad feelings, bad feelings. I know all three of them. How can you not have bad feelings? They’re friends. They’re family,” said Fisher. “It hurts. It hurts.”
Firefighters had to cut the victims out of the wreckage, according to Republic Volunteer Fire Department Second Assistant Chief John Duke.
“This is one of the greatest side impact accidents I have ever seen. For the family that lived in that house, thank goodness they did strike the tree or I think the car could have completely embedded into the house,” said Duke.
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