Five hurt in Parks Township crash
PARKS -- A collision of a small car and an ambulance on Route 66/River Road on Friday morning sent five people to area hospitals.
State police said the car's driver, Lindsey Rae Brown, 24, of Penn Avenue, Parks was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, but her condition was not available. Her husband, Nicholas Bernard Brown, 30, was listed in good condition yesterday at the same hospital.
Police said Earl R. Anthony, 86, of Apollo was a patient in the C&S ambulance with an attendant. Anthony was taken to ACMH Hospital, East Franklin. His condition wasn't available.
The ambulance driver, Jeffrey E. Nanni, 38, of Lower Burrell and attendant Shannon Marie Learn, 27, of East Vandergrift were treated and released at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police said Brown apparently drove her Volkswagen Jetta down Penn Avenue about 11:30 a.m., stopped at the River Road intersection and was making a left turn to head south on River Road when it pulled into the path of the ambulance.
Nanni swerved, but the ambulance hit the driver's side of the Brown's car, according to police. The 2007 ambulance sustained considerable front-end damage.
Truck driver Rich Burlingame, 45, of Clarion, was in a northbound rig on his way to pick up a load of windows when the accident occurred in front of him.
He said both people in the car were trapped, and bystanders tried to help. Smoke was pouring from the ambulance's engine compartment.
"I grabbed my fire extinguisher and ran. It was smoking like crazy, but I didn't see flames, just smoke," said Burlingame, who drives for Liberty Transport based near Greensburg.
Parks Assistant Fire Chief Jay Start said rescuers cut off the car's roof to free the Browns.
The wreck blocked River Road traffic for more than two hours.
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.