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2 injured in Stockdale crash

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:16 a.m.
Firefighters from Stockdale, Allenport, Roscoe and Charleroi work to free the driver of a Ford Focus following a two-vehicle crash on Route 88 in Stockdale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The accident is under investigation by RESA police.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
Firefighters from Stockdale, Allenport, Roscoe and Charleroi work to free the driver of a Ford Focus following a two-vehicle crash on Route 88 in Stockdale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The accident is under investigation by RESA police.

Two women were injured in a violent crash Tuesday afternoon in Stockdale.

RESA police said Georgann Schaum, 53, of 462 Briggs St., Allenport was traveling south on Route 88 at 2:38 p.m. when her red Ford Focus crossed the center line near Locust Street.

Her vehicle collided head-on with a black Ford Focus operated by Madison M. Popelas, 22, of 115 Church St., Roscoe, police said. Popelas, a nursing student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was on her way to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township for her shift as a nursing intern.

Officer Al Marcy said Popelas attempted to avoid the collision. When police arrived, her car was up against a guard rail.

Firefighters from Stockdale, Roscoe and Charleroi had to use hydraulic cutting and bending tools to free the women from their badly damaged cars.

Police said firefighters cut the roof off of Schaum's car because she was jammed under the steering column.

“She was bleeding profusely, and complaining of a lot of pain in her legs and knee,” Marcy said.

Marcy said several witnesses, including a nurse from West Virginia who was driving through the area, stopped to help.

Marcy said a medical helicopter was called, but the crew would not travel to the crash scene because of thunderstorms moving through the area.

Marcy said the road was dry at the time of the crash. It began to rain shortly after the incident.

Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services transported the women to Monongahela Valley Hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Corinne Laboon said Schaum was flown by medical helicopter late Tuesday to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Laboon said Popelas was treated and released.

Both lanes of Route 88 were closed until shortly after 4 p.m. State police assisted at the scene.

Marcy said the accident remains under investigation.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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