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Two drivers killed in separate Indiana County crashes, troopers say

Paul Peirce
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Two people were killed in separate accidents Saturday in Indiana County, according to state police.

Christine Pierce, 55, of Indiana, was killed in the first crash that occurred at 10:32 a.m. on the 3500 block of Route 286 in White Township, state police said.

Troopers reported Pierce’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the westbound lane and collided headon with a vehicle driven by a 44-year-old man from Heilwood. Troopers reported in a news release that Peirce was not wearing a seatbelt.

The identity of the driver from Heilwood was not released. He suffered minor injuries, police reported.

The second fatal crash occurred at 5:54 p.m. on Grange Hall Road in East Wheatfield Township. State police said Rodney Johnston, 47, of Seward, traveled off the road and struck a tree.

Police said Johnston was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his 2007 Hyundai.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.