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November 11, 2013

1 killed, 1 critically injured in Route 219 wrong-way crash

SOUTH FORK — One person is dead and another is in serious condition following a two-vehicle head-on collision just after 6 p.m. Monday along Route 219 North.

Initial police radio chatter from Cambria Township police reported a gray car driving south on the northbound side of Route 219 at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the car, a woman who was confirmed dead at the scene by Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski, has yet to be identified. Kwiatkowski said she might be in her late 50s or early 60s.

South Fork Volunteer Fire Department Manager John Moss said the gray car collided with two vehicles that were traveling north near the Ehrenfeld Borough line - about a half-mile north of the Route 53 exit.

The second car, which was struck head-on, was a pickup truck carrying a woman and two children. Kwiatkowski said the woman driving the truck sustained “significant” injuries and is likely in “serious to critical” condition.

According to Moss, three others involved in the accident, including the two children in the pickup truck, were transported to Memorial Medical Center with “non life-threatening” injuries.

One northbound driver who stayed at the scene to be interviewed by police said he made an emergency call after the woman in the gray car passed his vehicle by several yards.

His passenger said that within minutes of the crash and 911 call, police and emergency personnel were on-scene.

Cambria Township police, whom had been pursuing the initial reckless driving complaint, were first on-scene. Joining were units from Summerhill, Ebensburg, Portage, Croyle and South Fork.

The Cambria County Coroner’s office is expecting to release more details regarding the crash Tuesday morning.

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

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