4 injured in fiery 3-vehicle crash on Route 119 in Fayette County
A fiery three-vehicle collision in which four people were injured Monday on Route 119 in Bullskin rekindled memories of other bad accidents in that area.
The accident occurred when a sport utility vehicle and a pickup collided at the intersection of Route 119 and Kingview Road shortly before 1 p.m., according to Fayette EMS Chief Rick Adobato.
Details on the accident happened were sketchy, but Adobato said the pickup was northbound when the collision occurred. A third vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler, was involved in the crash, but details were not available.
The driver of the SUV was taken by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, and the operator of the pickup was transported to nearby Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Adobato said. An adult and a child in the Jeep also were taken to Excela Frick.
Bullskin fire Chief Joe Liska said foam was used to extinguish the blaze and the scene was cleared by about 2 p.m.
As the medical helicopter lifted off from the scene, bystanders said the collision evoked memories of other accidents.
Among those bystanders were Amy Hixson and Christina Tringhese, both employees of Medi Home Hospice in the nearby Tri-City Medical Center, who remembered a crash at the same intersection in 1992 when bride-to-be Beverly Davis, 22, and her mother, Betty, 56, both of Mt. Pleasant, were killed the day before the younger woman’s wedding. Their car, loaded with Davis’ bridal gown, tuxedoes and wedding decorations, collided with a tour bus.
“There is a lot of traffic through here. A lot of times people go too fast, I think,” Hixson said.
Nearby resident Kathy Eutsey said she once saw a car roll over a guide rail when it was hit while crossing from Kingview Road to the other side of Route 119.
“It’s a dangerous place,” she said.
Eutsey said she cautions her adult children and grandchildren to avoid the intersection.
“If you’re coming down (Route 119 southbound), it’s just like a little knob that you can’t see,” Eutsey said.
She suggested PennDOT explore adding another traffic light to slow drivers on the stretch of highway.
“How many people have to get hurt or killed there?” Eutsey asked.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or [email protected].