State in Brief

Wrong-way crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike kills 2, injures 1

CRANBERRY (AP) — Authorities say a wrong-way crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in western Pennsylvania claimed the lives of two people and injured a third.

State police say the two-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday in the westbound section of the turnpike that runs through Cranberry.

Police said 85-year-old Robert Humble, of Cranberry, was driving the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Helen O’Halloran, of Ridgeville, Ohio.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in O’Halloran’s vehicle was flown to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was reported in stable condition.

The westbound lanes of the turnpike were closed for more than four hours. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Police: Officer shot, critically injured armed man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say an officer shot and critically injured an armed man who fled from a parked minivan in north Philadelphia.

A police spokesman said uniformed officers approached the vehicle in the Olney section just before 6 p.m. Saturday but a passenger emerged and fled.

Police said an officer caught the man after a brief chase and pushed him into a parked vehicle, where the man lost his footing.

They say he then turned around with a gun in his hand and began to run toward the officer’s partner, and the officer fired, hitting the man once in the back.

The 20-year-old suspect was taken to Einstein Medical Center and listed in critical but stable condition.

The police internal affairs division will be investigating along with the northwest detective division.