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5 People, Including Infant, Killed in Crash After Car ‘Crossed’ Double Yellow Line and Hit Tractor-Trailer

"This is a very dangerous road," a local resident said of the location where the incident occurred

Five people are dead, including an infant, following a three-car crash in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kalee Barnhart said during a press conference, per local station WTAE-TV, that officers responded to a call of a “multi-vehicle crash” at about 1:45 p.m. local time on the state’s Route 40, near Wharton Township in Fayette County, Penn. on Tuesday.

When officers arrived, they determined that three cars were involved in the crash, including a large commercial truck. Photos of the crash obtained by CBS News showed a black Honda vehicle totaled alongside a barrier. A red minivan and tractor-trailer, which was centered on the roadway, could also be seen at a standstill beside it.

Police confirmed that five people died as a result of the collision and that they had all been in one car. Another car contained two passengers who sustained “minor injuries” and the commercial vehicle operator “sustained no injuries,” though he was checked by EMS and released on the scene.

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“The investigation is extremely active right now,” Barnhart said.

“We have our collision analysis reconstruction specialists on scene," she continued. "They’re reconstructing that whole scene to determine what happened. At this time we don’t know what occurred, and they're in an active investigation as we speak."

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Fayette County Coroner Dr. Bob Baker shared a press release on Facebook noting how it was determined that a black Honda Accord had been traveling eastbound on Route 40 in the area of New Meadow Run Drive when the car “crossed the double yellow line, striking a tractor-trailer head on.”

The Honda’s driver Harold Nibert, 55, and his passengers, Bradley Thivener, 47, Krystal May, 36, Amanda Dawson, 33, and her son Kullen Dawson, 7 months, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

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Baker also shared that all the passengers were from the Delaware, Ohio, area and that their families had been notified of their deaths.

The crash shut down Route 40 in both directions between the intersections of Route 381 and Dinner Bell 5 Forks Road and Dinner Bell Ohiopyle Road for several hours before finally reopening at around 7 p.m., according to CBS News.

Stacy Kenes, a woman who lives in the area, told the outlet, "This is a very dangerous road.”

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