Police say speed a factor in Rt. 51 crash

  By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter

  Police say speed and reckless driving played a role in a single-vehicle crash along Route 51 that sent a driver to a hospital. The wreck occurred Friday at about 2 p.m. when a black Honda traveling in the northbound lane of the highway near the Red Caboose hot dog shop traveled off the roadway and into the median strip, where it flipped several times. The driver, who police did not identify, was ejected from the vehicle


and flown by medical
 helicopter to Alegheny General Hospital. A spokesman from Jefferson Hils Area Ambulance said the victim was in critical condition at the scene. Forward Township police Officer Robert Curdie said the driver had a suspended license and there was expired plates on the vehicle. He said a light rain was faling at the time of the crash. Another motorist was in the process of reporting the Honda’s reckless travel to police when the accident occurred. Curdie said the Honda driver is believed to have been driving “erraticaly and at a high rate of speed” at the time of the accident.

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