Five hurt in Parks Township crash

Chuck Biedka
| Friday, April 29, 2011

PARKS -- A collision of a small car and an ambulance on Route 66/River Road on Friday morning sent five people to area hospitals.

State police said the car's driver, Lindsey Rae Brown, 24, of Penn Avenue, Parks was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, but her condition was not available. Her husband, Nicholas Bernard Brown, 30, was listed in good condition yesterday at the same hospital.

Police said Earl R. Anthony, 86, of Apollo was a patient in the C&S ambulance with an attendant. Anthony was taken to ACMH Hospital, East Franklin. His condition wasn't available.

The ambulance driver, Jeffrey E. Nanni, 38, of Lower Burrell and attendant Shannon Marie Learn, 27, of East Vandergrift were treated and released at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said Brown apparently drove her Volkswagen Jetta down Penn Avenue about 11:30 a.m., stopped at the River Road intersection and was making a left turn to head south on River Road when it pulled into the path of the ambulance.

Nanni swerved, but the ambulance hit the driver's side of the Brown's car, according to police. The 2007 ambulance sustained considerable front-end damage.

Truck driver Rich Burlingame, 45, of Clarion, was in a northbound rig on his way to pick up a load of windows when the accident occurred in front of him.

He said both people in the car were trapped, and bystanders tried to help. Smoke was pouring from the ambulance's engine compartment.

"I grabbed my fire extinguisher and ran. It was smoking like crazy, but I didn't see flames, just smoke," said Burlingame, who drives for Liberty Transport based near Greensburg.

Parks Assistant Fire Chief Jay Start said rescuers cut off the car's roof to free the Browns.

The wreck blocked River Road traffic for more than two hours.

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