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Video: 3 dead after car crashes into plasma center in Pittsburgh

Two firefighters and a paramedic were treated for smoke inhalation from the resulting fire at the Biomat USA Plasma Center


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Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — A car crashed into a building housing a plasma center in Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing three people and injuring two others, one critically, authorities said.

Police, fire and emergency medical services responded after the crash into the Biomat USA Plasma Building in the Manchester neighborhood at about 11:30 a.m. Emergency responders arrived to find heavy smoke and people fleeing the building. Fire crews extinguished a blaze that followed the crash.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said three people were killed, one of whom was still in the car inside the building. Two other people were injured, one critically, he said. Two firefighters and a paramedic also were treated for smoke inhalation.

Hissrich said he couldn’t say whether the other two people killed were in the vehicle and got out or were in the building and were struck. There were around 10 employees and five donors inside at the time of the crash, officials said.

Investigators were documenting the scene inside the car and workers were trying to stabilize the seriously damaged building so the vehicle and the victim could be removed, Hissrich said. Police were interviewing donors and workers who were inside, and counseling services are being provided to them.

Hissrich said authorities are reviewing video, talking to witnesses and trying to get background on the driver. The Allegheny County medical examiner will determine the cause of death of those killed.