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Man injured in crash

| Tuesday, March 15, 2005

RAYBURN -- Joseph Barber, 32, of New Stanton, was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a crash just after midnight Monday, state police said.

Barber was traveling east on Route 85 at 12:01 a.m. Monday when police said he failed to negotiate a curve in the road in his 1993 Mazda Protege, striking a split rail fence, a wooden walkway, mailboxes, and a utility pole.

Police said after striking the fence and other objects, the car traveled another 50 feet and struck a large pine tree before coming to rest.

Police said Barber was taken to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital before being flown to the Pittsburgh hospital. He was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Police said the investigation is continuing, but believe driving at an unsafe speed was the cause of the crash.

Police said the damaged fence and walkway are owned by Marsha Getty of Kittanning RD5, while the damaged mailbox and tree are owned by John Gerboc, also of Kittanning RD5.

Rayburn Township and West Kittanning fire departments, along with Kittanning Hose Co. 6 Ambulance, assisted at the scene.

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