MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. —A tractor-trailer driver was killed Monday morning in a rollover crash on the Parkway West.
The accident happened at 9:42 a.m. in the westbound lanes on Interstate 376 between the Montour Run onramp and the Moon Exit.
State police said the driver of a GMC Terrain lost control in the right lane and struck the passenger side of a tractor-trailer in the center lane.
The tractor-trailer then hit the concrete barrier in the center of the road, went across all three lanes and crashed into a guide rail before flipping over and landing on a hillside, police said.
The tractor-trailer driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His name has not yet been released.
The driver of the SUV was taken to an area hospital, police said. Her condition was not immediately available.
Two people were hurt Saturday when a house exploded on Charlton Heights Road in Moon Township.
Shawn Landa, 47, was inside the house when it exploded. He was flown to a hospital.
Allen Lisica, 61, was in a house next door and was taken to a local hospital.
Both men were found under piles of debris.
The explosion punched a giant hole in the house next door and knocked the chimney off that house. The chimney fell onto the house next door.
The front door of the house that blew up was blasted across the street. The house there was also heavily damaged.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause. Natural gas companies have been at the scene.
by Larissa Dudkiewicz – Robinson-Moon Patch
Linda Kennedy was in the kitchen getting her hair done Saturday when she and a friend began smelling smoke.
“I looked out and saw smoke blowing past my windows,” said Kennedy of 423 West End Ave. Extension.
Outside, Kennedy saw fire in the rear of the duplex and grabbed a garden hose to extinguish the flames. She couldn’t.
“It kept getting bigger and worse. I had to get everybody out,” said Kennedy, referring to her 56-year-old disabled mother and a 6-year-old son.
Moon firefighters responded at 5:12 p.m. to the 400 block of West End Avenue Extension, near Thorn Street and the Coraopolis border.
Before firefighters arrived, neighbors pitched in to help. Susan Wilkinson said she and other neighbors helped carry Kennedy’s mother from the home. Neighbors also tried to fight the flames.
Story/photo by Larissa Dudkiewicz – Robinson-Moon Patch
A fire that started at a Juniper Drive home Wednesday evening in Moon destroyed a shed but was extinguished before causing further damage.
The fire started at 211 Juniper Drive about 5 p.m. Neighbors said the high-reaching flames were visible from other portions of the township.
Fortunately, the fire did not spread to a nearby rowhouse consisting of three units.
Moon firefighters were assisted by Coraopolis and Valley Ambulance.
credit Jenna Staul
By Jenna Staul – moon.patch.com
One woman was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital with a burn injury following a house fire today on Pillar Drive.
Moon Police Officer James Kazmierczak said the woman suffered a burned hand in the blaze, which ignited in an upstairs bedroom.
Kazmierczak said the home at 161 Pillar, one in a block of townhomes on the street, was heavily damaged. Firefighters said that flames raged up through the building’s roof.
Moon Fire Chief John Scott said the injured woman attempted to put out a fire burning in a bedroom mattress.
Five people were in the home at the time of the incident. Each escaped before emergency personnel arrived.