Brooklyn Rabbi critical after fatal Pa. crash

January 7, 2010 3:31:49 PM PST
A horrific triple fatal crash on Interstate 80 outside Pittsburgh, Pa., killed a 10-year-old boy and a woman, both from Brooklyn, and left the boy's father fighting for his life. The Brooklyn residents were in a van struck by an out of control tractor trailer last night on Interstate 80 in Clintonville, where state police said freezing rain created poor driving conditions.

Police say 20-year-old Pasha Azulay, described as a newlywed, and 10-year-old Avrohom Dovid Liberow, both of Brooklyn, were killed. The driver of their van, 45-year-old Shneur Liberow, was critically injured.

Liberow, a rabbi at a Flatbush synagogue, was the dead boy's father. His wife and three other girls in his van, ages 17, 11, and 2 sustained less serious injuires.

A third person, 66-year-old Thomas Munsell of Ann Arbor, Mich., was also killed in the wreck.

The bodies of the Brooklyn victims were released by the local coroner will be brought to Liberow's synagogue for services later today.

The crash involved multiple tractor-trailers and other vehicles and may have been caused by the weather.

The eastbound lanes were closed for seven miles between the Clintonville and Emlenton exits.