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4 Killed In I-79 Crash In Greene County

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WAYNESBURG (KDKA) — A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 in Greene County claimed four lives and left four others injured Wednesday night.

The accident involved an SUV, a camper and a motorcycle. The crash happened near mile marker 21.

The SUV with six people inside was going northbound when it crossed the grass median, striking the camper and then the motorcycle.

“The physical evidence at the scene and statements of witnesses suggested that an SUV with six occupants had been traveling in a northerly direction and abruptly.

“And for undetermined reason, crossed over the grass median of Interstate 79 and descended a steep embankment into the southbound lanes,” State Trooper Barton Lemansky said.

“And upon entering the southbound lanes, that vehicle impacted first a camper and then a motorcycle,” he continued.

Collin Frazer and Benjamin Hardy, both 18 and from Waynesburg, and 18 year-old Brian Kerr, of Carmichaels, were killed. They were passengers in the SUV.

Also killed was 47-year-old Michael Cohen from Canada, the operator of the motorcycle.

Three SUV passengers survived along with a female passenger on the motorcycle. No one in the camper was hurt.

All of the injured were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va.

State Police Trooper Barton Lemansky says it’s too early to say if speed was a factor and would not say if the people in the SUV were wearing seatbelts.

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