“5 killed in Chambersburg RV crash: Victims identified as Donald, Kimberly, Mirand and Dane Molander”

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Five people were killed in a tragic RV crash in Chambersburg. The RV blew a tire and collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 81. In another incident, a woman left six children unattended in a van outside a municipal court in Pittsburgh. She was charged with endangering the welfare of children. Additionally, the Perseid meteor shower is set to peak, providing an opportunity to view up to 100 meteors per hour. TribLIVE.com reported

Here are some news updates from the morning of Friday, August 11th:

  • A tragic accident occurred in Chambersburg on Wednesday night, resulting in the death of five individuals. It happened when a recreational vehicle experienced a tire blowout and crashed into a tractor trailer on Interstate 81. State police reported that the RV, traveling south on I-81, crossed the median and collided with the truck, which was hauling double trailers. Unfortunately, four people in the RV and the tractor trailer driver lost their lives in the accident. The victims were identified as Donald, Kimberly, Mirand, and Dane Molander from Middletown, Pennsylvania. The truck driver was identified as James Shade from Martinsburg, West Virginia.

  • In another incident, a woman from West Newton, Pennsylvania, was charged by Allegheny County sheriffs for leaving six children unattended in a van outside the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building. The incident was noticed by a sheriff’s lieutenant who parked his vehicle nearby and discovered the gray Toyota minivan with the children inside and no adult present. The ages of the children ranged from 4 months to 4 years old. The driver, Shinazja C. Martinez-Hyde, returned to the van and it was revealed that she did not possess a current and valid driver’s license. The children were evaluated by an ambulance and found to be unharmed. Martinez-Hyde was charged with endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangering, and related traffic violations. She was unable to post bail and was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

  • Emergency crews responded to a house fire on Hutchinson Road in Forward Township on Friday morning. Further details about the incident were not immediately available.

  • The Perseid meteor shower is currently peaking as the Earth passes through the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle Comet. Scientists have stated that this year, the viewing conditions are favorable due to only a small portion of the moon being illuminated, allowing for a clearer view of the meteors burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere. NASA officials have suggested that keen observers may witness up to 100 meteors per hour during the shower. The Swift-Tuttle Comet, which is the largest known object to repeatedly pass by Earth, last passed in 1992 and will not come close again until 2126. To best observe the Perseids, it is recommended to find a dark area away from light pollution. Various events are being organized, such as the “Friends Under the Stars” program at the Flight 93 National Memorial and the “star party” at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Finleyville. Additionally, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will be hosting a viewing at the Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople on Saturday.

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Please note that Patrick Varine is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review, and he can be contacted via email at pvarine@triblive.com or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MurrysvilleStar..