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School Van Crashes In Washington County

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LONG BRANCH BOROUGH (KDKA) — Two children were on a school van when it crashed in Washington County.

Police tell KDKA-TV the van driver, 61-year-old Joyce Matty, crossed into opposing traffic and struck a tree before the van rolled over on Honor Street in Long Branch Borough.

Southwest Regional Police are trying to determine if wet roads were a factor in the crash.

Matty was severely injured in the crash. The two girls, her granddaughters, were shaken but not seriously injured.

“As near as we can determine, the vehicle had crossed over the opposing lane on Honor Street, impacted a tree and actually flipped,” Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said.

The van was en route to California Elementary School with a 6-year-old and 9-year-old on board.

The father of the two girls, John Danko, said he was relieved the injuries weren’t more serious.

“I’m not doing two funerals today, he said. “I just had to make three visits, so I’d much rather do the three visits.”

Matty and the kids were initially taken to Mon Valley Hospital, but the driver was later transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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