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Teen ejected from truck in Unity, flown to hospital

| Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:05 a.m.

A 16-year-old was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment Monday after being thrown from a pickup that crashed in Unity early Monday morning, state police at Greensburg said.

The unnamed teenager was a passenger in a Ford F-150 pickup driven by Zachary Matthew, 18, of Greensburg, who was transported to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

According to police, Matthew was driving north on Route 981 at 6:50 a.m. when he illegally passed a northbound car near Triangle Road. After swerving from the southbound lane back to the northbound, Matthew lost control and the truck traveled onto the grassy shoulder, overturned and struck a tree. As the truck rolled, the 16-year-old was ejected through the rear window of the truck cab, according to the report.

The teen was transported to UPMC Presbyterian. A condition could not be determined.

It was unclear whether Matthew or his passenger was wearing a seat belt, police said.

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