Officials: 3 dead after vehicle crashes into Biomat USA plasma donation center in Manchester – WTAE Pittsburgh

Three people are dead after a vehicle crashed into a plasma donation center in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon, according to public safety officials. Among the three was an occupant of the vehicle. Click the video player above to watch the latest report from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Jim Madalinsky.The accident happened at the Biomat USA plasma donation center on the 1300 block of Western Avenue around 11:35 a.m. The vehicle ran into the building and caught on fire. Firefighters extinguished the two-alarm fire and continued to search for entrapped victims alongside medics. Public Safety spokesman Maurice Matthews said there were around 10 employees and five donors inside at the time of the crash. Medics pronounced three victims deceased on scene. One person was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and EMS evaluated several others on scene. A medic and two firefighters were transported to a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation, officials said.A Mass Casualty Incident notification was issued “due to the severity of the damage and unknown amount of entrapped victims,” Matthews said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death. The Collision Investigation Unit and the Fire Investigation Unit arrived to process the scene. Medics from Ross Township, West View Borough and Baldwin Borough assisted Pittsburgh with the injured. The investigation is ongoing.A BioMat USA spokesman issued a statement to WTAE: “We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic incident at our Pittsburgh plasma donor center. The safety of our employees and donors is always our first priority. We are grateful to the first responders and our employees who acted quickly to prevent any additional injuries. Biomat USA is cooperating with the local authorities as the investigation continues.”Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for more updates.

PITTSBURGH —

Three people are dead after a vehicle crashed into a plasma donation center in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon, according to public safety officials. Among the three was an occupant of the vehicle.

Click the video player above to watch the latest report from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Jim Madalinsky.

The accident happened at the Biomat USA plasma donation center on the 1300 block of Western Avenue around 11:35 a.m.

The vehicle ran into the building and caught on fire. Firefighters extinguished the two-alarm fire and continued to search for entrapped victims alongside medics.

Public Safety spokesman Maurice Matthews said there were around 10 employees and five donors inside at the time of the crash.

Medics pronounced three victims deceased on scene.

One person was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and EMS evaluated several others on scene.

A medic and two firefighters were transported to a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation, officials said.

A Mass Casualty Incident notification was issued “due to the severity of the damage and unknown amount of entrapped victims,” Matthews said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death. The Collision Investigation Unit and the Fire Investigation Unit arrived to process the scene.

Medics from Ross Township, West View Borough and Baldwin Borough assisted Pittsburgh with the injured. The investigation is ongoing.

A BioMat USA spokesman issued a statement to WTAE:

“We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic incident at our Pittsburgh plasma donor center. The safety of our employees and donors is always our first priority. We are grateful to the first responders and our employees who acted quickly to prevent any additional injuries. Biomat USA is cooperating with the local authorities as the investigation continues.”

Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for more updates.