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Pennsylvania Marine killed in fiery collision

A 27-year-old Marine died in a fiery, four-vehicle crash in Pennsylvania on Jan. 2. The accident occurred in Susquehanna County at approximately 4:20 p.m.

Authorities said the Marine was in his 2013 Dodge Durango at a stop sign on Route 3004 when he was struck from behind by an International truck whose driver failed to stop as he descended a hill. The impact slammed the Dodge into a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer in front of it. The Kenworth then rear-ended another tractor-trailer. The Dodge and the International truck both caught fire.

Drugged driving and car accident rates

As many Pennsylvania drivers know, drugged driving is hazardous to the driver and other motorists. While the number of drugged drivers is lower than those using alcohol alone, drugs are used at a significant rate by drivers in certain age groups. In 2009, 18 percent of drivers who died in accidents used at least one drug before driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Making drivers aware of the dangers and using surveys such as Monitoring the Future may help to reduce the number of drug-related crashes.

Young drivers are most affected after using drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an analysis of records shows that 23 percent of drivers killed in an accident were under 25. A 2010 MTF survey concluded 12 percent of high school-age teenagers reported using marijuana before driving.

Head-on crash in Pennsylvania injures 5

A Dec. 21 traffic accident involving an Amish buggy and an SUV left five people injured in Harrison Township, authorities stated. A third vehicle nearing the Marsh Creek Road accident site ran off the roadway trying to avoid the collision.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the Potter County incident occurred around 7 a.m. That is when the horse-drawn carriage, which was carrying five people, collided with a GMC pickup truck driven by a 62-year-old man. Purportedly, the GMC truck had been traveling south on Marsh Creek Road when it entered the northbound lane attempting to pass a Chevrolet Silverado and collided with the northbound buggy. The head-on collision caused both the buggy and the GMC truck to flip, and it was the Chevrolet Silverado that left the roadway trying to elude them, authorities reported. The Chevrolet driver was a 51-year-old Mills man, authorities said.

Man in serious condition after vehicle struck by propane truck

A Dec. 17 vehicular accident involving a propane truck has left a Pennsylvania man seriously injured at UPMC Hamot hospital. Reports state that the accident occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. between Fry Road and Hill Road in Cussewago Township. The victim, a 75-year-old man, was reported to be in serious condition later that night by a nursing supervisor at the medical facility.

The victim was driving in the westbound lane of the road when a 39-year-old propane truck driver pulled in front of the man's path from a driveway. Pennsylvania State Police say that the driver of the truck struck the left front headlight and fender of the victim's vehicle. After the initial collision, both drivers went off the road and into ditches on opposing sides of the street. The driver of the propane truck suffered no injuries in the incident.

Philadelphia crash kills 2

A head-on collision in Philadelphia on Dec. 5 left two people dead. The crash reportedly occurred around 10:55 a.m. along State Route 275, also known as Shermans Valley Road, in Perry County.

Authorities stated that an 86-year-old man was driving a pickup truck on State Route 274 when he crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another pickup truck. Both the 86-year-old man and the 54-year-old female driver of the second pickup truck died at the scene of the collision. Authorities stated that there were no other occupants in the vehicles. The reason the man crossed the centerline was not immediately clear.

Head-on collision claims life of Greencastle man

Officers with the Pennsylvania State Police reported that a head-on collision involving two passenger vehicles and one SUV claimed the life of a Greencastle man. The accident occurred on U.S. 11 in Antrim Township on Dec. 3 around 6:51 p.m.

Prior to the accident, a 47-year-old man driving a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban south on the highway had slowed to accommodate a vehicle who was attempting to turn left from the highway onto 12876 Molly Pitcher Highway. A Volkswagen Jetta that was also driving south on the highway behind the Suburban apparently veered left for unknown reasons, striking the Suburban before careening into the northbound lane.

1 killed when tire crashes into car's front windshield

In Pennsylvania, a 75-year-old driver traveling southbound on Route 28 was killed when a tire crashed into the front windshield of his car on Nov. 21. Traffic was delayed for hours following the wreck, and some emergency crews had difficulty making their way to the scene.

Media sources say that a white Ford F-450 truck was heading northbound near the Shaler water treatment facility when the trailer it was hauling lost a wheel, which crossed the Jersey barrier and caused the fatal accident. Reports indicate that the occupants of the pickup were unaware of the incident until their vehicle was later located by police.

Traumatic brain injuries

As the news has been full of stories about several former NFL stars who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, some Pennsylvanians may wonder exactly what they are. A traumatic brain injury can occur when a person suffers a sudden trauma, such as when the head is hit by an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain.

Traumatic brain injuries range in severity level. People who experience a mild TBI may remain conscious, or if they lose consciousness, the loss will only be for a few minutes. They may complain of tiredness, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, having a bad taste in their mouths or being fatigued. A mild TBI may also result in a change in sleep patterns, memory problems, difficulty concentrating and behavior changes.

Rollover accidents

Many people in Pennsylvania are injured in car accidents each year. Rollover accidents are responsible for the deaths of 30 percent of those killed while riding in passenger vehicles.

Rollover accidents can result from collisions with other motor vehicles, sliding on pavement, tires with too much grip or that blow out, or hitting other objects such as telephone poles or light poles. Driving a vehicle with a high center of gravity when exposed to a sideways force can also lead to a rollover accident.

A deer on rural Route 66 causes fatal Pennsylvania collision

On Nov. 8, a fatal auto accident happened on a country road near Red Bank in the western portion of the state. According to troopers from Clarion, a couple from New Kensington was traveling south on Route 66 around 10 p.m. when they were hit by another vehicle traveling north.

Responders airlifted the 53-year-old male driver of the southbound vehicle and his 58-year-old wife to a Pittsburgh hospital. The man died, and the woman was treated for unknown injuries. There was no further report regarding her condition.

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