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Crash On I-79 Leaves 2 Dead

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FRANKLIN PARK (KDKA) — Two people were killed and two others seriously injured after a van crashed Sunday afternoon along Interstate 79 in Franklin Park.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the roadway at mile marker 73, just before the Wexford exit.

State police say the 16-year-old girl who was driving the van is listed in serious condition at Allegheny General Hospital. A 21-year-old man, from Rochester, who was a back seat passenger is there too in serious condition.

Two other passengers, identified as 21-year-old Connor Johnson and 18-year-old Jaclyn Kennedy – both from Baden – were pronounced dead at the scene. The man was in the front seat and the girl was in a back seat.

According to state police, the 1991 Chevrolet Astro van was traveling in the middle of the three lane highway after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

When she tried to avoid some debris, police say the vehicle left the road, traveled along the side of the road and then hit a light pole.

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