Kittanning youths OK after Route 422 crash
Emergency crews around the overturned wreckage of a silver SUV were shaking their heads and using words like “miracle” and “lucky” when talking about the teen driver and an 11-year-old passenger who walked away from the crash with only minor injuries Monday afternoon.
The Honda Pilot was traveling west on Route 422 at about 4:30 p.m. when it hit a guard rail under the Route 66 overpass and slid for about 30 yards before flipping over and landing in the muddy grass off the shoulder of the road, said First Lt. John Breski of the Manor Township Fire Department.
“It's been a long time since I've seen a guard rail hit that hard,” Breski said, glancing at the twisted barrier under the overpass. “Everyone had their seat belts on. They were pretty lucky.”
The 16-year-old driver and his passenger, both from Kittanning, suffered only cuts and bruises in the crash, he said. State police investigating would not release their names because they are juveniles.
Whether there will be charges against the driver, and what caused the SUV to leave the road on the sunny, warm afternoon, will not be known until the investigation is complete.
Workers from Mohney's Towing in Kittanning struggled with a winch with heavy cable to pull the Pilot and its bent wheels through the thick mud of the shoulder of the road while traffic was directed around the wreckage. Worker Shawn Fisher scooped up a shovelful of Dum-Dums suckers from a pile that had spilled from the truck and tossed it into a broken window as it slid onto a flatbed to be hauled away.
“That was quite a crash,” he said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Drug use, medical problems cited as cause of West Kittanning crash
- Kittanning’s holiday gifts come early for Ford City group
- School bus, car crash in Armstrong
- Dollar General to take place of Spagnolo’s Foodland
- Armstrong bolstering pool of temp workers for Health Center
- Kittanning rethinking traps as way to solve skunk problem
- Historical society seeks to grow interest in Armstrong County museum, library
- Peanut Butter Festival to whip up family fun in New Bethlehem
- Armstrong County married dentists passing torch to their children
- New Kensington man charged in Leechburg drug sale
- Manor festival offers 75 rock bands over 3 days