ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Pittsburgh Police commander was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Robinson Township.

Commander Linda Barone was struck head-on by a van that crossed into her lane on Route 60.

“It appears that this van which was traveling west on Steubenville Pike crossed the center lane and into the eastbound lane and struck the other car head-on,” Robinson Township Police Chief Dale Vietmeyer said.

Barone’s daughter who was with her in the unmarked police car and the other driver were not seriously hurt.

Police said Barone and her daughter were wearing seatbelts and that likely prevented more serious injury.

The woman who was driving the van told police she was on her way home after getting off work. Why she crossed the center line is not known, but police are investigating.

Barone works in administration, primarily overseeing police support services. At one time, she was chief of staff to former Pittsburgh Police Chief Robert McNeilly.

Family members are now at Commander Barone’s bedside at Allegheny General Hospital where she is being stabilized before going into surgery for broken femurs, ankles and ribs.

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