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Two Crashes in 48 Hours Snarl Washington Pike

A couple of crashes on Washington Pike in Kirwan Heights during the peak of rush hour have snarled the evening commute for motorists this week.

A couple of crashes on Washington Pike in Kirwan Heights during the peak of rush hour have snarled the evening commute for motorists this week.

A truck rolled over on Sept. 17 when a car plowed into while trying to exit the John Deklewa & Sons Inc. business, Kirwan Heights fire Chief Mark Lewis said.

No one was seriously injured and crews rolled the truck back over onto its wheels. The driver then apparently was able to drive it away with only minor damage, Lewis said.

Less than 48 hours later, two cars crashed at the same location, Lewis said.

One car pulling out of Deklewa was clipped by another car shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Lewis said both drivers suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. Clair Hospital for treatment.

Lewis said the delays were minimized by his firefighters working to clear the crashes as fast as possible.

“My department is pretty good,” Lewis said. “We get those things cleaned up pretty fast.”

He didn’t think there is a problem with the road that what the site of the two crashes. Instead, he attributed it to a busy road during a busy time of day.

“It’s just life on Washington Pike,” Lewis said. “What’s really unusual is it’s at the same exact spot.”

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