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November 12, 2013

Victims of Rt. 219 wrong way crash identified

CROYLE TOWNSHIP — The victims in Monday night's deadly crash along Route 219 in Croyle Township have been named.

The woman driving the gray sedan responsible for two accidents, including a head-on collision with a pickup truck carrying a woman and two children, is Nancy Connor, 71, of Ebensburg.

Connor was reported as driving south in the northbound lane of Route 219. Cambria Township police received a reckless driving complaint when the woman was near the intersection of Route 22 and Route 219.

Just after 6 p.m., roughly one-quarter of a mile north of the Route 53 exit, Croyle Township police chief Steven Parks said Connor struck a pickup truck head-on. The truck was carrying 36-year-old Stacie Griffiths and two children, a 6-year-old female and 3-year-old male.

"(Connor) made it about six or seven miles down (Route 219)," Parks said about the woman who merged via the wrong on-ramp onto Route 219 from Route 22.

According to Pete Long, Cambria County deputy coroner, Connor died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries. No drugs and no alcohol were found in Connor's system and the crash is being ruled accidental.

Although Griffiths was transported to Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries, both children sustained only minor injuries and are OK.

Hospital representatives said Griffiths was still in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday afternoon.

Griffiths' pickup was struck first, according to Parks, and another car was also involved in the accident. The driver of that car, 72-year-old Martha Matta, of Windber, was transported to Windber Medical Center with minor injuries. She has since been released.

Details surrounding the crash are still being investigated by Croyle Township police. Parks said Richland Township police are handling accident reconstruction but also said that process will take time.

 

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/JustinDennis.

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