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Car strikes churchgoers after Good Friday service

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  • Car driven by retired priest strikes parishioners at Good Friday service
  • Woman who lost leg in accident later dies at hospital; four others injured
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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- A car struck worshippers after a Good Friday church service in Pennsylvania, killing one woman and injuring four others, an official said.

A car driven by a retired priest crashed into a crowd Friday at St. Maurice Church, killing a woman.

A car driven by a retired priest crashed into a crowd Friday at St. Maurice Church, killing a woman.

Madelyn Romell, 89, whose leg was severed in the accident, was alert, but died later at an area hospital, said Ray Eller, the mayor of Forest Hills, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Four other people were hurt, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Worshippers had gathered on St. Maurice Church's portico at around 2:30 p.m. to wait for rides, when the driver of the car plowed into the crowd, Eller said.

The driver, who is a retired priest, was at the church to help with Easter services, according to Eller. He was not injured, CNN affiliate WTAE said.

"Some people were hit by the car; some people were hit by other people," said Sgt. Charles Williams of the Forest Hills Police Department.

Romell, a local resident, attended Mass daily, Eller said. WTAE reports Romell's husband was in the crowd, but he was not injured.

Authorities said the accident is under investigation.

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