Person ejected, two flown to hospital following New Stanton wreck
Two women and a toddler were injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on Route 119 near Youngwood when a vehicle hit one that had stopped on the berm of the highway, state police at Greensburg said.
Kristina Cossell, 32, of Connellsville was ejected from her 2008 Cadillac Escalade, which overturned in the median. The 9:55 a.m. wreck occurred in the northbound lane near a bridge in Hempfield, troopers said.
Cossell was northbound in the left lane when her SUV struck the rear of a 2013 Subaru Outback driven by Kathleen Shook, who state police said had stopped along the left berm.
Cossell was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh for treatment. Cossell was not wearing a seatbelt and was in serious condition, troopers said.
A 2-year-old girl in Cossell’s vehicle suffered a broken leg and was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, state police said. The child, whom troopers did not identify, was fastened in a car seat when the vehicle overturned.
Shook, 69, of Canonsburg was taken by ambulance to Excela Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant for treatment of minor injuries.
All three patients were conscious at the scene, New Stanton fire Chief Rob Cammarata said.
For several hours, emergency crews diverted traffic off of Route 119 near the northbound Youngwood exit ramp where the accident occurred until 2 p.m.
A state police accident reconstruction team was called to investigate.