A woman from Shenango Township died in a two-vehicle car accident on Monday. The accident took place on Interstate 376 near Pulaski. The woman, a 71-year-old Lawrence County native, was pronounced dead at the scene of accident by the Lawrence County Deputy Coroner.
According to first responders, the woman was driving her Chevy Blazer westbound along I-376 around 1:30 p.m. when she drifted and struck the rear end of a Toyota Solara, also heading west, in the next lane.
Witnesses say that the victim's SUV slid off the side of the road. As she was sliding, she turned the wheel to try and regain control, but the vehicle just began rolling and flipped a number of times before stopping upright back on the road. Neither the victim's passenger nor the woman driving the Solara were injured in the accident.
Both Pulaski and Neshannock police, as well as the Pulaski VFD, arrived at the scene first. Officials say that all three were wearing seatbelts and that more lives were likely saved because of it. Police had to shut down traffic in the westbound lanes of I-376 from 1:30 until 4 p.m. for clean-up crews and ambulances to leave the scene.
Police say that they are still investigating and don't know the exact cause of the accident, but that distracted driving and drowsy driving are not out of the question at this point. In addition, it is not yet known if the victim had any health conditions that may have led to the accident.
Source: New Castle News, "Shenango woman dies in crash" 18 November 2013