3 hurt in separate Alle-Kiski Valley crashes; medical emergencies blamed |
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3 hurt in separate Alle-Kiski Valley crashes; medical emergencies blamed

Emily Balser
Emily Balser | Tribune-Review
Several headstones at Prospect Cemetery in Brackenridge were damaged Sunday, July 16, 2017, when a car crashed into the cemetery.
Emily Balser | Tribune-Review
Crews work to remove a Chevrolet Cobalt after the driver crashed into Prospect Cemetery in Brackenridge on Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Emily Balser | Tribune-Review
This Chevrolet pickup truck came to rest on an angle after it crashed into a utility pole Sunday, July 16, 2017, along Freeport Road in East Deer.

Officials believe medical emergencies caused two separate accidents in the Alle-Kiski Valley Sunday afternoon.

The first happened around 4:15 p.m. along Freeport Road in East Deer when a male driving a red Chevy truck crossed the yellow line and crashed into a parked truck with a trailer attached, landing on the steps and front yard of a house at 781 Freeport Road.

“It was a medical problem,” said Dave Gould, chief of Frazer Volunteer Fire Department No. 2. “He was in there by himself.”

Gould said the driver was taken to a local hospital, but didn’t have any further information.

The homeowner, Jim Farmer, said he was at work, but his wife and 2-year-old twin sons were home at the time of the accident. He’s lived in the house for three years.

He said the crash caused damage to his deck, garage doors and front steps. He said his truck is totaled.

“It sucks,” he said. “It was my favorite truck.”

About 40 minutes later another accident happened in Brackenridge when a car being driven by a woman crashed into Prospect Cemetery.

Pioneer Hose Fire Chief Rick Jones said they believe this accident also was caused by a medical emergency.

“It appears she had a seizure or something and ran off the road and ended up in the cemetery,” Jones said.

Jones said the car was coming down Roup Avenue and went airborne into the cemetery, damaging several headstones. The cemetery has headstones dating back to the mid-to-late 1800s.

“She it hit pretty hard,” he said.

Emergency workers had to cut the roof off of the car to get the driver out. She was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital, but Jones didn’t have any more information.

A male passenger was taken by ambulance to Allegheny Valley Hospital, Jones said.

He said the driver was conscious and talking and her injuries aren’t believed to be life threatening.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or on Twitter @emilybalser.

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