Funeral, accidents play havoc with traffic
DUNLEVY - A two-vehicle accident on Route 88, combined with the nearby funeral of a Roscoe firefighter, had traffic at a standstill for several hours Thursday.
On top of that, a good samaritan coming to the scene of the car crash to help was hit and injured by another car.
RESA Regional Police Officer-in-Charge Mark Stewart said a 1999 Mercury driven by Jason Oliver, of Monessen, and a 2003 Dodge Durango driven by John Standard, of Charleroi, collided on Route 88 about 11:20 a.m. The crash occurred in front of Highway Appliance Co.
Oliver was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for head trauma and numerous cuts and abrasions. He was in fair condition this morning.
Standard was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center after complaining of chest pains.
Stewart said he was released from the hospital yesterday.
Standard's wife, Laura, a passenger in his vehicle, was not injured in the crash.
Stewart said moments after the crash, David Barcus, who lives in the Emerald Falls plan in Dunlevy, got out of his car to help, but was hit by a vehicle driven by Joseph Mannina, also of Dunlevy, on Brittany Drive, which intersects with Route 88.
Stewart said Mannina was traveling only about 3 miles per hour, but the impact was enough to knock Barcus to the ground.
Barcus was taken to Mon Valley Hospital, where he required about 10 stitches for a head wound, Stewart said.
Stewart was assisting at the funeral for Roscoe firefighter Sean T. Whiten at the nearby Stockdale Fire Hall when the crash occurred.
He said Charleroi police handled the crash, with the help of the Washington County sheriffs, Washington City police and the Hiller fire department.
The out-of-town departments were on standby for the local police and fire departments so they could attend Whiten's funeral.
Stewart said Route 88 was at a "standstill" due to the volume of traffic from Whiten's funeral and the vehicle accidents.