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Driver hospitalized after Route 66 accident

| Wednesday, July 18, 2007

GILPIN -- A driver was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after a violent accident along Route 66 shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Township police said the driver, whose name they didn't release, was traveling north along Route 66 at 4:45 p.m., when his Chevy pickup went off the road and struck several mailboxes before traveling another half-mile north and going off the road again.

Police said it was then that the driver failed to negotiate a curve, struck an embankment, rolled over end to end before striking a garage and a utility pole, and coming to rest along the roadway.

Police said it appeared that the male driver was thrown from the vehicle, but the extent of his injuries were unknown Tuesday evening.

Fire crews from Bethel and Gilpin, along with ambulance crews from Lower Kiski and Ford City, were called to respond to the scene due to conflicting reports as to the crash location.

Police said the crash remains under investigation until they have a chance to interview the driver. It was unclear if alcohol or speed played a role in the crash, police said.

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