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January 13, 2014

2 injured in crash

WINDBER — A two-vehicle-accident at a busy Windber intersection sent two people to the hospital Monday and temporarily closed a section of Graham Avenue.

The accident, involving a Verizon aerial truck and Hyundai sedan, apparently occurred after the truck’s driver “fell ill” at the wheel of his vehicle on Graham Avenue, veered off the road and into the path of the black Hyundai, which had pulled up to a stop sign on 17th Street, Windber police Chief Rick Skiles said.

“For whatever reason, the driver appeared to have blacked out as he was approaching (17th Street),” Skiles said, while Windber fire crews swept up debris from the collision behind him.

Tire marks behind them indicated the truck rode over a curb along Graham Avenue before striking the car, which was pushed across 17th Street and onto the other side of the road’s sidewalk.

Skiles said both drivers – the lone occupants in their vehicles – were injured in the wreck but their conditions were not known.

They were taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, he said.

The accident closed Graham Avenue for more than an hour until both vehicles and crash debris were removed from the scene.

David Hurst covers Windber for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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