Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Head-On Collision on Route 119

BIG RUN, Pa. (EYT) – Police say two women and a teenager were taken to Punxsutawney Hospital after a crash in Big Run Borough on Sunday afternoon.

According to Punxsutawney-based State Police around 4:16 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, a 17-year-old girl from Big Run was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo, traveling north on State Route 119/West Main Street just west of Smyers Street in Big Run Borough. Melissa A. Rubba, 52, of Punxsutawney, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox traveling south on State Route 119/West Main Street in the same area.

Police say the teen driver was traveling through a right curve when she lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway and entered the southbound lane, hitting Rubba’s vehicle head-on.

The teen’s vehicle spun 180 degrees and came to rest in the northbound lane facing south. Rubba’s vehicle drove through a roadside sign, off the southbound shoulder, and came to rest off the southbound shoulder facing south.

Both drivers and Rubba’s passenger, 33-year-old Elizabeth A. Rubba, of Punxsutawney, were wearing seatbelts.

Rubba’s other passenger, a five-year-old juvenile, was securely fastened in a front-facing child safety seat.

The teen driver suffered minor injuries but refused EMS transport. She was driven to Punxsutawney Hospital by her father for medical evaluation.

Melissa Rubba and Elizabeth Rubba both suffered injuries of unknown severity and were transported to Punxsutawney Hospital by Sykesville Ambulance Service.

The juvenile passenger was not injured.

The teen driver was charged with a traffic violation.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Rebuck’s Southside Towing.

Big Run Volunteer Fire Department, Sykesville Ambulance, and Rebuck’s Southside Towing assisted at the scene.


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