A car heading the wrong way on the Parkway West narrowly missed a police cruiser then clipped a second oncoming vehicle, causing a crash that left the driver seriously hurt and the highway shut down for about an hour Sunday.
Trooper Thomas W. Armour of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks at Moon said the 23-year-old driver, Taylor Walters of Coraopolis, will be charged with drunken driving.
"Alcohol was clearly involved," he said.
The crash happened at 1 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 376 in Robinson, near the Campbells Run exit ramp.
"She was going the wrong way and almost hit a Robinson police car. She missed that one but got the next one," said Trooper Armour, who investigated the accident.
He said Ms. Walters was ejected from her Chevrolet Cobalt. Trooper Armour described her injuries as serious but said he did not believe them to be life-threatening. She was taken by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, where she was in surgery yesterday.
Meanwhile, the driver of the second vehicle received a minor injury. The trooper said Yarel Keha, 30, of Akron, was treated at Allegheny General and released. He had been driving a Nissan Murano.
The highway was shut down for about an hour while investigators were on scene.
Trooper Armour said the investigation is continuing but he expects Ms. Walters to be charged with drunken driving. He said the smell of alcohol was on her breath.