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4 Students Injured In Carrick School Van Crash

(Photo Credit: Jeff Roupe/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Jeff Roupe/KDKA)

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CARRICK (KDKA) – A crash involving a van on its way to school this morning had four students on board when it was hit in Carrick.

Fortunately, a trained medical professional was there before the call for help went out.

Six people suffered injuries Thursday morning when a school van was hit by an on-coming car driven by Luke Milliron.

“I was just coming down the hill. He was coming up. It was split-second. This is a bad bend,” Milliron said.

Even though the airbags deployed on his Hyundai Sonata, he suffered cuts to his face and nose. All four students in the van were taken to Children’s Hospitals with minor injuries.

The van’s driver was taken to another hospital.

“He wasn’t complaining of anything at first. A lot of times after these things happen, adrenaline is pumping, you don’t feel the injury at first though, I think he developed some neck pain a short time afterward,” Justin Perry said.

Perry is an off-duty Pittsburgh city paramedic who drove up to the scene near the intersection of Waterman and Hopeland. He was on his way home from work.

“It must have happened just before I came up the hill because I saw the school van coming up the hill, but I didn’t actually see the accident,” Perry said.

Perry helped the students and both drivers until ambulances arrived.

Milliron was on his way to work when his car plowed into the left, front corner of the van. The kids were on their way to a school in Whitehall.

“I don’t think it was anybody’s fault. It’s a blind bend. You can’t really see around the corner. I was going under the speed limit. Seatbelt on,” Milliron.said.

“It’s a bad corner. It really is. I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents here. It can be pretty dangerous sometimes people flying down the hill don’t see the cars that are coming up,” Perry said.

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