One Killed, Five Injured After Coal Truck Crash

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 08/19 2014 05:55PM

Updated 08/19 2014 06:04PM

PINE TOWNSHIP, INDIANA COUNTY - James Norris, 67, of Kittanning, died after a crash involving two SUVs and a coal truck. It happened along Route 422 in Pine Township, near Strongstown on route 422.

"About 7:25, one of my employees was ready to pull out onto the highway and I heard an explosion," said Steve Misner, who witnessed the crash.
That explosion was that coal truck, catching fire after a SUV crashed into it. Tonya Kendra was inside her house at the time that coal truck came crashing into her yard.
"I just head a big boom and I looked out and I just saw a ball of flames.”.
State Police tell us that a SUV traveling west on Route 422 crossed over the center line, crashing into the coal truck traveling the opposite direction.
"I come looking out the window, walked in the garage and I seen a ball of fire coming down the road, said Misner. “The next thing I know, it was in my neighbor's yard."
The coal truck driver and four other people were taken to Conemaugh Hospital by helicopter and ambulance.
"I do believe that the operator of the second passenger vehicle, that was involved in the crash, immediately after that crash, he actually got out of his vehicle to assist the driver of the coal truck, to pull him from that burning vehicle,"  said Trooper John Matchik, of the Pennsylvania State Police.
The roadway reopened just after 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. State Police are continuing to investigate. No word Tuesday night, on the condition of the five who were injured.

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