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(AP) An SUV crossed into oncoming traffic on a northwestern Pennsylvania highway and smashed head-on into another vehicle, killing six people, including two children, authorities said Sunday.


A Jeep Liberty driven by 36-year-old Kathy Douglas crossed the center line at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and hit the front of an approaching Pontiac Bonneville in a rural area of the Allegheny National Forest, state police in Kane said.


The four occupants of the sedan, all residents of nearby St. Marys, died in the crash: the driver, Gary Beimel, 62, and passengers David Cuneo, 54, Elaine Beimel, 55, and Florence Donachy, 81.


A 6-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl in Douglas' vehicle also were killed. Douglas and a 10-year-old boy in her car were seriously injured. The children were not identified by police.


The investigating officer, Trooper Roger McCloskey, said he believes Douglas was at fault and will face some sort of charges.


"I have no idea yet, but the investigation is continuing," he said Sunday.


Police said Douglas and Gary Beimel were wearing seatbelts, but at least three of the deceased were not.


McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill said all six were declared dead at the scene of the wreck, and all died from blunt force trauma injuries. No autopsies were planned, and Cahill released the remains to funeral homes Sunday.


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