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Tarentum woman dies in violent collision in Fawn

| Monday, May 19, 2014, 1:03 p.m.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Eureka Fire-Rescue paramedics work at the scene of a fatal accident on Bull Creek Road in Fawn where a Tarentum woman was killed when, according to police, her car swerved into the path of a tri-axle truck from on Monday, May 19, 2014.

A Tarentum woman died in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Bull Creek Road in Fawn just before 12:30 p.m. Monday.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Mary Shultz, 71.

Police say Shultz was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier heading in the direction of Millerstown, just beyond Woodlawn Golf Course.

Police said her car veered into the path of a large dump truck which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Fawn police Chief Tim Mayberry said the medical examiner and police will investigate the cause of the crash.

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday. The cause of death was not immediately determined.

The crash happened about 50 yards east of Iron Bridge Lane, on a clear day and a dry road.

Mayberry said the dump truck was driven by Roland Woodall of Charleroi, Washington County.

Woodall said he was driving toward Tarentum and had just rounded a bend, with Bull Creek on his right side, when he was “shocked” to see the car “heading right at me.”

“I tried to turn to the left and hit my brakes, but there wasn't anything that I could do,” Woodall said.

Barrett Levin of New York was driving directly behind Shultz and witnessed the crash. Levin said he saw the Cavalier cross the center line several times well before the wreck.

“She was driving slower than the speed limit. Very slowly, but she was crossing over into the other lane,” Levin said. “The last I saw was the car driving right into the truck.”

Woodall said he had just hauled material to several natural gas well sites and was heading home.

Police found skid marks well before the spot where the vehicles collided violently.

Bull Creek Road reopened just after 4 p.m. It had been closed from the Route 28 exit (Exit 14) to an area about 200 yards beyond Iron Bridge Lane.

The road closing caused the Highlands School District to use mini-buses to take students home in areas that rely on Bull Creek Road.

“We made a OneCallNow message to parents and announced it on our website and in email messages for parents to expect a 5- to 10-minute delay in Fawn Township students' afternoon bus stop times,” said district spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4670 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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