Police: Motorist killed in three-vehicle crash on Route 30
QUEMAHONING TOWNSHIP — A three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning sent a woman to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where she succumbed to her injuries several hours later.
The other drivers, both males, sustained minor injuries from the accident and did not go to a medical facility, according to state police. The names and hometowns of those involved were not available Wednesday afternoon, pending notification of their families.
Charles Haller was at the Stonebridge trailer court a short distance away when he heard the crash.
“It was loud enough it echoed,” he said. “Metal on metal.”
His “gram” had just left about five minutes before, driving west on Route 30. He ran out to make sure it was not her. He was relieved when he saw the color of the damaged vehicle, but also saddened by what he observed.
According to state police, two vehicles were traveling east on Route 30, approaching Haines Road, at 9:40 a.m. The operator of the second vehicle told police that the other motorist “appeared to be having difficulty maintaining her lane.”
The first vehicle crossed into the path of a commercial dump truck, which was traveling west, and was hit head-on, according to police. The force of the impact pushed the smaller vehicle backward about 80 feet, where it struck the third vehicle.
The driver of the dump truck “took evasive action but was unable to avoid a collision,” Trooper Jordan Shaulis wrote in a crash report. After impact, the truck left the road and struck several trees before coming to rest in a nearby yard, he said.
The truck was a commercial welding vehicle, according to Deputy Chief Mike Sopich of the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department.
He and about a dozen other first responders were on scene, where it took about 20 minutes to free the woman from the vehicle, he said. She was quickly taken to an ambulance and shortly thereafter transferred to a MedStar helicopter to be flown to the Johnstown hospital.
Police said she sustained substantial injuries and succumbed to those injuries several hours after her arrival.
The road was closed for several hours to allow state police to reconstruct the accident. The Stoystown and Jennerstown volunteer fire departments, and Boswell and Somerset ambulance services also assisted.
A call to the Cambria County Coroner’s Office was not returned.