When one takes the time to stop and think about it, with so many motor vehicles on Western Pennsylvania roads at any given time, it is amazing how well they generally work together. When all drivers are operating their automobiles in safe manners, the chance of a car accident happening is greatly reduced. The flipside of this is of course that anytime something happens that causes one vehicle to do something unexpected on the roads, surrounding traffic may be put in danger.
This is what happened earlier this week in BullskinTownship when a chain reaction accident occurred after two vehicles collided.
According to authorities, the initial collision took place when a car attempting to make a turn was struck by another vehicle. The force of that impact sent the vehicle that was hit, which was driven by a 76-year-old man, into another vehicle. A fourth automobile left the road as the driver attempted to avoid being a part of the mess.
The car accident left several injured and killed the 76-year-old driver of the first car that was hit. Two of the other individuals who were hurt suffered serious enough injuries that they were taken via helicopter to the hospital. Their status is not known.
At this point it is not clear what cause the initial collision to occur. Sometimes in situations such as this one, speed is to blame. Other times, a driver is unable to control his or her vehicle because of a medical episode. An investigation into this crash will likely determine how and why it unfolded the way it did.
Source: KDKA, "1 Dead After 4-Car Crash," Juner 18, 2013