Two men died in a car crash on Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon this morning.
Ohio Township police Chief Norbert Micklos said Christopher Lantzy, 22, and David Mooney, 19, of New Brighton, Beaver County, were killed when the car they were in crossed into the southbound lane and crashed into another vehicle.
Two others were injured and are in critical condition, Chief Micklos said: the driver of the second car, a male in his 50s or 60s, and a young woman in the first car. Both remain at Allegheny General Hospital.
Medics told police they suffered leg injuries, broken bones and bruises, Chief Micklos said.
"We haven't had a bad one like this in quite some time," he said. "It's sad. It's horrific."
Chief Micklos said one of his officers was patrolling in the area when he heard what he thought was an explosion just before 2:30 a.m. He saw a plume of smoke and responded to the crash in the 7000 block of Ohio River Boulevard, where Emsworth becomes Ben Avon.
Police believe the car the men were in was heading northbound when it crossed into the other lane and hit the other driver, who was heading toward Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Mr. Mooney was driving, but Chief Micklos said early reports indicate Mr. Lantzy was the driver.
There weren't any skid marks, but roads were wet at that time and tires on the car that went into the other lane were in bad condition, Chief Micklos said.
"All these things probably come into play," he said.
Allegheny County crash reconstruction investigators will determine the official cause.
Ohio River Boulevard was closed for several hours after the crash.
Molly Born: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published April 17, 2013 6:00 AM