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September 4, 2013

Homer City woman killed in bus crash

INDIANA — A crash between a small passenger bus and car early Wednesday in Indiana County killed a Homer City woman and injured three people, state police said.

The wreck occurred shortly before 10 a.m. – apparently after the Ebensburg-based SeniorLIFE bus went through a red light on Ben Franklin Road, striking a car that was traveling through the Shelly Drive intersection in White Township, Trooper John Matchik said.

Killed was Sandra Livingston, a passenger who was ejected from the bus, the police report said. Livingston was taken by helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was pronounced dead at 12:14 p.m., the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The manner of death was ruled an accident and was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and trunk, the medical examiner’s report said.

“It appears the bus illegally ran the red light,” Matchik said.

The bus driver was identified by police as Michael Smith, 20, of Nanty Glo.

The other passengers on the bus were Grace Renwick, 76, and Cathryn Reeger, 79, police said.

Renwick was taken by helicopter to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Reeger, along with Frank Fazio Jr., 77, the driver of the car, were taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center.

 There injures were not considered to be serious, police said. The hometown of the three injured were not immediately available.

Smith was not injured, the report said.

SeniorLIFE, which also has offices in Johnstown, provides home care, rehab and transportation services to qualified residents 55 years old and older, aimed at enabling them to stay in their homes and neighborhoods longer, its website shows.

“Our hearts are broken right now,” spokesman Mark Fox said.

“We’re still gathering information, but our staff has spent the day reaching out to the families of those involved. And to see if there’s anything we can do to support them.”

SeniorLIFE is cooperating with state police, he said.

“If there’s anything to be learned from this investigation, we’ll make changes,” Fox said.

He said SeniorLIFE provides transportation for more than 900 members. It makes 100,000 trips a year combined from its eight western Pennsylvania centers.

SeniorLIFE serves parts or all of Cambria, Indiana and Blair counties, as well as five others, Fox said.

A state police accident reconstruction team was processing the accident scene, Matchik said. And another specialized state police investigation unit is inspecting both vehicles top see if mechanical issues may have played a role in the wreck, he added.

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