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Fatal crash happens on Route 879

One death has been reported in a recent accident that occurred in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. According to reports, a car with four occupants collided with a coal truck there. The truck accident left the coal truck's driver with non-life threatening injuries, three of the vehicle's occupants severely injured and the other occupant dead.

The crash occurred sometime before 11 a.m. on Sept.17. The two vehicles collided on Route 879, a road also known as Clearfield-Shawville Highway. The person killed in the crash was a woman from Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania. As mentioned earlier, the vehicle she was in held four occupants: two adults and two children, according to the assistant chief of the Lawrence Township Fire Department. Both children and the surviving adult were taken to a hospital via helicopter from the site of the accident.

According to officials, the driver of the vehicle was from Kersey, Pennsylvania. The two children in the vehicle were 2-years-old and 18 months old, both still infants. Reports indicate that the coal truck driver was taken to the hospital as well, but no mention of an airlift was made. The daughter of the driver said that her father received stitches and will be fine.

The crash was expected to keep Route 879 closed from the Shawville Bridge to Exit 120 where the Interstate 80 interchange is located until at least 6 p.m. so that emergency responders could conduct work in the area. Both directions were blocked by investigators working to reconstruct the crash and understand the scene. According to reports, the westbound lane closures started at Airport Road while the eastbound lane closures began at Sapp Brothers Travel Center.

No citations or violations have yet been mentioned. Loved ones of the injured and the deceased are likely still grieving due to the accident.

Source: WJAC, "1 killed, 3 injured when car collides with coal truck in Clearfield Co.," Brittany Boyer, Sept. 17, 2012

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