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Cement truck crashes in Buffalo Twp

071714-buffalo-twp-concrete-truck-wreckBy Jim McNutt – Observer-Reporter

A cement truck crashed on Sunset Beach Road, near Route 40, in Buffalo Township shortly before 1 p.m. today. The Judson Wiley & Sons truck ran off Sunset Beach Road, went over a guardrail and came to rest on a steep bank against a tree that held it there. The truck’s mixer went over the embankment into a creek. The Washington County Hazardous Materials Team, firefighters and state police were at the scene. It was not known if there were any injuries.

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Wednesday night crash claims Buffalo Township man

010914-buffalo-twp-accidentBy Jodi Weigand / photo by Erica Dietz – Valley News Dispatch

A Buffalo Township man died early this morning from injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer rig crashed into his vehicle on Ekastown Road at Howes Run and Fleming roads Wednesday night.

Karl Thompson, 26, of 165 Thompson Road, died at about 1 a.m. at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and trunk, the office said.

Buffalo Township police said it appears that Thompson pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer hauling steel on Ekastown Road.

The truck overturned, police said. No information was available from police this morning on the identity of truck driver

It was unclear whether Thompson pulled out from Fleming Road or Howes Run Road, police said.

Ekastown Road was closed for several hours, according to police.

The roads were snow-covered at the time of the crash. Police weren’t sure if conditions contributed to the crash.

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Couple escapes house fire in Buffalo Township

102913-buffalo-twp-house-fireBy WTAE

BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. —A husband and wife escaped injury after their Buffalo Township home burned down Tuesday morning, just a few miles from a fatal fire Monday.

“When I got here, the house was fully engulfed. I mean, the roof had already collapsed,” said Pat O’Brien, assistant chief of the Taylorstown Volunteer Fire Department. “Everybody did what they could, but there was no salvaging anything.”

Firefighters were on the scene for hours overnight after flames tore through the house on Reese Road.

“The husband and the wife got out. Their son was staying next door overnight at the neighbor’s house,” said O’Brien. “The husband was sleeping, and he claims there was an explosion upstairs that rocked the bed. The wife went upstairs, said the house was on fire and they ran out.”

Washington County 911 said the fire had rekindled before 7 a.m.

The fire happened just miles away from the scene of a house fire on Wigington Road where a woman and her 5-year-old son were found dead Monday morning.

The fires are not believed to be connected, but a state police fire marshal is investigating both cases.

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Mom, 5-year-old killed in fire on Washington County farm

102813-buffalo-twp-frieBy WPXI


A mother and her young child were killed in a fire on a Washington County farm late Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to the scene on Wingington Street in Buffalo Township just before midnight.

Channel 11’s Dave Bondy reported that the victims have been identified as 28-year-old Lisa Hewitt and 5-year-old Timothy Hewitt Jr.

Officials said Lisa Hewitt called 911 and told dispatchers that she and her son were trapped on the second floor of the home. Dispatchers said the call then dropped out.

When firefighters arrived, the first floor was fully engulfed in flames. The child’s father was not home at the time of the blaze and collapsed when he arrived home and learned about the incident.

Bondy reported that the man is expected to be OK.

As of early Monday morning, the house was still smoldering.

So far, there is no word on what may have caused the blaze. Officials said the fire does not appear suspicious.

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Farm equipment, hundreds of bales of hay destroyed in blaze

FIRE-HeadlineBy The Butler Eagle

BUFFALO TWP — Several hundred bales of hay and farm equipment were destroyed late Thursday night when a large barn went up in flames.

Terry Macurdy, owner of the more than 120-year-old barn at 313 Monroe Road, believes lightning sparked the fire.

It apparently hit so close that a circuit breaker was tripped in the house, but electrical power was only lost for a second or two.

At 9 p.m., while sitting in his living room, Macurdy noticed flames coming from the two-story barn with a loft.

“The whole wall facing the house was on fire,” he said.

He managed to get into the back of the barn and remove two tractors before the fire took control of the entire structure.

“I lost a grain drill and corn picker,” he said, “and 400 bale of hay.”

He suspected the hay helped fuel the initial fire on the front side of the barn.

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