Car crashes into staircase connecting shopping malls

October 9, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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A man in a single-vehicle accident Oct. 1 had to be extricated from the car he was driving. The force of the impact propelled debris significant distances from the site.

CRANBERRY TWP — Police continue to investigate after a driver was extricated from a vehicle Oct. 1.

Cranberry Township police, fire and EMS crews were called to the scene of the single-vehicle accident around 10:30 p.m. in front of the Cranberry Cinemas.

The car reportedly flipped over and caught fire after hitting a staircase connecting the two Cranberry Mall shopping centers located off Freedom Road and Route 19.

Crews remained at the scene until after midnight. Life flight was placed on standby for the incident.

Rescue crews on site could not confirm if the man was transported from the scene by ambulance or helicopter, nor could authorities confirm the nature of the male driver’s injuries.

The force of the impact caused significant damage to the vehicle and propelled vehicle debris and portions of the stair rails significant distances from the site of the impact. Officials on-site were not able to comment on the cause of the accident or the speed of the vehicle involved.

On Oct. 2, Sgt. Chuck Mascellino of the Cranberry Township police department said the accident might have been intentional. Because of that and the pending investigation, no additional information was available.

According to information from the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, the driver was extricated 17 minutes after authorities arrived. They were assisted by Adams Township and Callery volunteer fire departments.

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