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Woman injured in Route 30 crash

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 1:09 p.m.

An elderly woman was hospitalized Friday after a two-car collision along Route 30 in Derry Township.

State police said Helen Ralph, 78, of Nokomis, Fla., was flown by emergency medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. No additional information about her condition was available last night.

Rescuers at the scene of the 9:40 a.m. crash along the highway's westbound lanes, near Kingston, said she sustained a deep laceration to her scalp.

Police said Ralph was a passenger in an Oldsmobile sedan driven by her husband, George Ralph, also of Nokomis, who was not injured.

The car was forced off the road when a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Deborah L. Winterscheidt, of Johnstown, made an improper lane change, police said.

After the initial impact, both westbound vehicles left the south berm of the road. The Oldsmobile hit a steel sign pole at Kingston Notary service; the minivan struck a wooden utility pole.

Neither Winterscheidt nor her female child passenger were injured.

Both vehicles sustained extensive front-end damage and had to be towed.

Bradenville and Latrobe rescuers responded to the accident.

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