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1 Killed In Armstrong Co. Crash

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KITTANNING (KDKA) – One person was killed in a Tuesday morning crash in Armstrong County.

According to state police, the accident happened on Route 422 near Dunbar Airport Lane in Kittanning around 5:30 a.m.

A Subaru in the eastbound lanes crossed the center line and crashed into a coal truck heading west.

The coal truck burst into flames upon impact. After the initial impact, the Subaru began to spin and was hit by a second coal truck in the eastbound lanes.

“Witnesses say it was driving erratically, traveled across the center lane and struck a coal truck which was traveling westbound. That coal truck caught on fire,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Thomas Dubovi said. “Car then spun out of control and came to rest on the south berm of [Route] 422 where another coal truck was traveling eastbound also struck the car again.”

According to state police, the driver of the Subaru died instantly in the crash. According to the Armstrong County Coroner’s Office, the victim has been identified as Dorothy Lynn LaVan, 55, of Indiana, Pa.

LaVan’s husband, Robert, was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the first coal truck is expected to survive the injuries sustained in the crash, while the driver of the second coal truck was not injured.

“We’ve had a number of fatal accidents on this stretch of road in the past few years and it’s causing a significant concern. Very little distraction will cause an accident here,” Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said.

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