TribLIVE

| Home


Weather Forecast
 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Police suspect sleeping driver caused Armstrong County crash

About Chuck Biedka

Daily Photo Galleries


By Chuck Biedka

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 7:54 a.m.

Route 422 in Armstrong County has reopened after a two-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer closed the highway for about seven hours Friday morning.

State police said Lindsey Merlock, 18, of Kittanning was driving north on Cherry Run Road in Plumcreek about 4 a.m. when she fell asleep at the wheel and failed to stop at the intersection with Route 422.

Her Chevrolet Cavalier crossed into the path of a westbound tractor-trailer driven by James Klinger, 59, of Dalmatia, Pa.

Police said Merlock was taken to ACMH hospital in East Franklin for treatment of minor injuries. Klinger was not reported injured.

The collision closed Route 422 in both directions while emergency crews cleaned up hundreds of gallons of spilled diesel fuel and the vehicles were towed. PennDOT reported the highway had reopened at 11:30 a.m.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple
  2. Mail for IRS delivered to Squirrel Hill home
  3. Cranberry’s Community Chest hopes yearly project will boost VFDs across county
  4. Outdoor notices: April 19
  5. Pitt QB Savage turns down NYC invite to NFL Draft
  6. Orpik: Penguins must keep their cool
  7. International Baccalaureate classes coming to Seneca Valley
  8. Youngster falls over hillside in Churchill
  9. Penguins’ Bylsma wants Cup version of Letang
  10. ‘Roosevelt’s Beast’ provides diverting expedition
  11. Easter sermons in Butler County offer messages of hope, love
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.