State Police Cruiser Struck In Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) — A state trooper and construction worker were not hurt, but the driver of an SUV had to be hospitalized following an accident along the Mon Fayette Expressway in Washington County.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. in a road construction zone near toll No. 43.

According to state police, Trooper Will Peirce, a 10-year veteran, had parked his vehicle on the side of the road and had gotten out to talk to William Kapton, of Aliquippa, the worker in a construction vehicle just before the crash.

Peirce reportedly saw the SUV driven by Richard Orlandi run off the road and head straight towards them.

State police say Peirce and Kapton had just seconds to run up a nearby hillside before the SUV slammed into the trooper’s cruiser, pushing it into the work vehicle.

Police estimate the SUV was going about 70 miles per hour at the time. The cruiser was totaled.

The transmission was separated from the vehicle. Also, the trooper’s briefcase, which was sitting on the front seat, was snapped in half.

Orlandi, of Vestaburg, Pa., was taken by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital.

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  • bob

    did that thing get hit by a train?

  • Zeke

    I see so many clueless people driving these days.
    I see very few people change lanes for vehicle pulled over on the shoulders of the highways.

  • Terry Boots

    What part of “Slow Down In A Construction Zone” do people have so much trouble understanding?

  • goon

    You’re an idiot Jeff!

  • KJ

    I hope they charge the driver.

  • Keep the Crown Vic

    Notice the front passenger area still intact. Very safe car – it’s why I drive one. And why is this guy going 70 in a construction zone?

  • bbb

    I have to say, that trooper just pulled me over yesterday in that same general area. He is a very professional trooper. Granted I was going with the flow of traffice but I could of gotten over in the slower lane and I was going way over the speed limit in a construction zone. I am 99% of time a very cautious driver but we all have our moments and he caught me when I had mine. I hope he and the other guy is okay.

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  • Barbh

    Drivers on 43 really get ticked off at me for driving the speed limit in a construction area. Well see what speeding gets you a helicopter ride and hopefully a big fat fine. We are thankful that the state trooper and the worker was not injured, as we know the state trooper. So get the message slow down !

  • Ingrid Von Bussen

    Why was this guy going 70(!!!!) in a construction zone to begin with??? The only reason this would be excusable is because of a medical condition. Thank God the trooper and construction worker had time to get out of the way!

  • lilly

    good thing he wasn’t banging some married chick in the backseat

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