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Truck accident on Interstate 80 sends two men to hospital

A man from Elyria, Ohio was Life-Flighted to Altoona after two tractor-trailers collided on Sunday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near DuBois, Pennsylvania. PA State Police say the accident happened between mile markers 90 and 100 in Washington Township, Clearfield County.

Police say one driver, a man from Snellville, Georgia, was headed eastward when he pulled his truck over to the side of the road in order to inspect a flat tire. Concurrently, the Elyria, Ohio man was also driving eastbound and crossed the white berm line for reasons still unknown to police.

Reports says that the right front end of the Elyria man's truck hit the left rear end of the Georgia man's trailer just a few seconds after he pulled over. Witnesses say the truck in motion sideswiped the entire left side of the parked truck, drove off the berm, dipped into the embankment, and crashed into several trees before coming to a complete stop.

Police say the Elyria, Ohio man was not wearing a seatbelt and that he was thrown from his seat, hit his head on the ceiling of the cabin, and became stuck between the driver and passenger seats. Pennsylvania state police told reporters that he had to be freed from the truck cabin using the Jaws of Life. The other driver was reportedly wearing a seatbelt, but did suffer injuries. He was taken to DuBois Regional Medical Center West via ambulance. The extent of his injuries are still not known and there has not been an update on the other driver either, as of yet. Both trucks were totaled and towed from the scene of the accident.

Source: GantDaily.com, "Ohio Man Flown to Altoona after I-80 Accident" 5 March 2014

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