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No one injured in wild wreck on Route 908 in Fawn

Chuck Biedka
Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Emergency crews try to separate two cars after a wild crash along Route 908 in Fawn on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Beverly Melara of Harrison is helped down a ladder by firefighters after a vehicle crash Thursday morning, April 25, 2019, at Howes Run Road and Route 908. She and her young daughter were examined at a local hospital but were not injured, police said.

Officials said it’s miraculous no one was injured in a wild wreck on Route 908 in Fawn on Thursday morning that left one car on top of another.

Both cars were resting against a guardrail just short of a steep embankment when they came to a stop, stacked almost like toys. The crash happened shortly after 8 a.m.

Fire and rescue crews from four departments and state police responded.

Officials at the scene said the driver of a Fiat 500, Beverly Melara, 30, of Harrison was trying to cross Route 908 from Howes Run Road when the crash happened.

A Toyota Rav4, driven by Chris Pastor, no age available, of Pine, was traveling Route 908 and apparently could not stop in time, state police Trooper Jon Pomaybo said.

The impact lifted the Fiat on top of the Toyota, where both smashed cars remained until emergency crews arrived.

“It was challenging on multiple angles,” Eureka fire Deputy Chief Brad James said.

“The vehicles were unstable,” he said. “The vehicle on top was up in the air at risk of toppling 35 feet down the slope. There were two people inside. The guardrail was holding the cars, but for how long? The cars stopped on a grade; and were the people inside hurt?”

Melara and her 4-year-old daughter were helped out of their car by first responders. Pastor was also able to get out of his car. No one involved in the accident reported injuries, Pomaybo said.

The girl was gingerly rescued first and then fire and rescue crews helped Melara out and down to the ground, where she was able to walk with a little support.

“We were very fortunate,” James said.

The rescue units train together with tow truck drivers, he said, which makes a difference.

Rescuing victims from suspended vehicles is something rescue units practice handling.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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