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Driver injured in collision with truck

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:10 a.m.

A New Florence man was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after his car collided with a tractor-trailer Sunday.

Jeremy Suschak, 22, was taken to an unidentified hospital after the crash at 5:45 a.m. on Route 22, near School Road, Derry Township. His condition was not released.

State police at Kiski Valley said Suschak was eastbound when his car veered into an oncoming lane. The driver of a westbound International 9400 truck, William Francis, 64, of Aberdeen, Md., tried to avoid a collision, but struck Suschak's Ford Taurus on its right side. Suschak's car hit an axle on the tractor-trailer and slid into a concrete barrier before stopping, blocking both lanes of travel.

Route 22 was closed for approximately two hours between routes 981 and 982, according to a report by the Young Men's Volunteer Fire Company. Blairsville, New Alexandria, Bradenville and Crabtree fire departments responded.

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