PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Charges are pending against one of the drivers involved in a fatal accident Tuesday morning on Second Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Uptown section.
Witnesses say a westbound car clipped a westbound tractor trailer just after 8 a.m.
The contact caused the truck driver to swerve, sending the car across the center line where it was t-boned by a car coming the other direction. The gold Chevy Impala flipped several times before landing on its roof. The truck also ended up on its side.
When witnesses ran to the car, both people inside were awake and responsive, but 43-year-old Theresa Anderson of Glassport died before firefighters could get her out of the car.
The driver of her car and two people from another car involved were all taken to the hospital in serious condition. A mother and son in the third car in the accident were not injured.
The accident happened in the stretch of Second Avenue between Bates and Brady Streets.
That section of road is pothole-riddled with even a small section of old street car rail exposed. Lane markings indicating two lanes in each direction suddenly end without any signs indicating the road narrows to a single lane.
Investigators say passing and speed were contributors to the crash, but declined to be more specific or say who would be charged.
KDKA contacted the City of Pittsburgh and PennDOT to find out whether that section of road is a single lane (with no passing) or two lanes. PennDOT was adamant that section of Second Avenue is Pittsburgh’s responsibility, while the City says it’s a PennDOT roadway.
Despite numerous phone calls to both agencies, and conversations between PennDOT and the City, they still disagree on ownership.
While not claiming ownership, the city believes the roadway is a single lane and has promised a further review of the ownership issue on Wednesday. PennDOT remains certain it is a city road.
No word on whether the discrepancy has contributed to the poor condition of the road or the confusing markings. Or if the condition of the road contributed to the accident.