3 killed when minivan hits tree stump in W. Pa.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) — Two adults and a toddler have died after a minivan hit a tree stump and was catapulted, roof-first, into a tree in western Pennsylvania, possibly after the driver fell asleep.

State police from Butler have identified the dead victims as 31-year-old Kimberly McLaughlin, who was driving, along with 42-year-old Terry Cramer Jr. and his son, 3-year-old Terry Cramer III.

All three were from Coraopolis, a suburb about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh, and some 40 miles south of where the crash occurred in Brady Township, Butler County.

Police say the crash occurred about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Two other children in the car, 11-year-old Stephanie Pounds and 1-year-old Emily McLaughlin, were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and were expected to survive. They are McLaughlin’s children.

Police say the dead toddler and the 1-year-old were in proper child safety seats.

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