Victim identified in Route 422 fatal crash in East Franklin
A Lyndora man died Thursday afternoon when a coal truck flipped sideways on top of his Toyota Corolla on Route 422 in East Franklin.
Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said Daniel D. Seitz Jr., 37, lost control of his car and hit a guardrail while driving east about a half-mile from the West Hills exit.
The car bounced back onto the road and sideswiped a GMC Terrain driven by Frederick Kennedy of Kittanning, then drifted toward the median, which forced the coal truck into the median.
When the coal truck hit a berm in the median, it flipped onto the car and crushed it, killing Seitz instantly, Myers said.
An autopsy will be performed on Sietz on Friday at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Myers said.
State police Trooper Jeremy Bow-ser said the coal truck driver, Thomas Wolfe, of Mark Ann Industries in Worthington, was not injured.
Bowser said Kennedy was shaken up but not injured and was taken to ACMH Hospital in East Franklin for evaluation.
Another truck driver, Gary Bryant of Wampum, said he was one of the first people to come upon the accident and helped the coal truck driver out of his truck.
“I couldn't even tell there was a car underneath the coal truck until the driver told me about it,” Bryant said.
By the time Bryant got Wolfe out of the coal truck, he said the fire department arrived and began attempting to get to Seitz.
The accident happened near a spot where a roadside crucifix stands in memory of two Kittanning teens who died there in 2004.
“They crashed almost exactly where this happened,” Sheriff Bill Rupert said.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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