By Pam Surano


MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (KDKA) – Five local high school students were hospitalized after a violent two-vehicle head-on crash in Westmoreland County.

Dispatchers say two vehicles collided head-on at the 900 block of Claypike Road in Mount Pleasant Township around 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Four teenage boys and one teenage girl were inside those cars, officials say. One of the teenagers is listed in critical condition.

All five teenagers are students at Mount Pleasant Area Senior High School, according to the district.

Officials say four patients were flown to the hospital and one patient was transported by ground.

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Sources told KDKA three of the teens were flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, and the other medical helicopter went to AHN’s Forbes Hospital. The fifth teenager was taken to Excela Health Frick Hospital.

One teen boy was trapped and needed to be cut from the vehicle. The other teens appeared to suffer compound-like fracture injuries.

One of the vehicles caught on fire, but a quick-acting motorist driving by put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Officials said the accident happened on a curved part of the road, and they have not determined the cause of the crash.

Claypike Road was temporarily shut down between Ankey Hill Road and Evergreen Lane.

The teenagers were wearing seatbelts, officials said.

The district told KDKA that their prayers are with the students and their families

The conditions of the other victims were not available.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.