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Amber Alert

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Victim Identified In Fatal I-79 Crash

State Police say this morning's sudden snowfall may have contributed to a horrible accident that left a Beaver County child dead. Judah Scrutchins, 1, of New Brighton, was killed and four others were injured in the crash.

Police say 34 year-old Tracy Gebhardt, also of New Brighton, was driving an SUV northbound on I-79 near the Steubenville Pike exit when the vehicle crossed the median and struck head-on into a tractor trailer carrying an oversize load.

The accident happened just after 9:20 a.m. as snow was falling.

In all, five people were inside including passenger Laura Federoff, 34, of Lake City, Pa., who was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where she was last in critical condition.

Two other children, 4 year-old Jaxon Scrutchins and 1 year-old Julia Scrutchins, were both taken to Children's Hospital.

Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Police say all three children were properly buckled into convertible child safety seats.

Gebhardt is the mother of all three children.

The extent of Gebhardt's injuries are unknown. She was taken to Presbyterian Hospital.