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Derry Township wreck sends 1 motorist to hospital, 2nd flees

Jeff Himler
| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

One person was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and the whereabouts weren't clear for another occupant of a sport utility vehicle that overturned Wednesday in a Derry Township field.

Derry Township fire Chief Mark Piantine said firefighters had to cut the passenger door off the car to free a male occupant who was trapped upside-down under the dashboard when the vehicle crashed after 6:30 p.m. in a field at Ecker Farms, off Pittsburgh Street. He was taken to a ball field in nearby New Derry, where he was airlifted for treatment.

A second occupant reportedly “took off running,” Piantine said.

State police were investigating the wreck. Firefighters from Derry and Blairsville assisted at the scene.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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