One Dead, Three Injured in Route 66 Crash

REDBANK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A 53-year-old man was killed Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash on Route 66.

Clarion-based State Police say the accident occurred around 10:05 p.m. at the intersection of Route 66 and Quail Road.

According to police, Angela Minich, 40, of Fairmount City, was traveling north and applied her brakes after observing a deer in the roadway.

Minich subsequently lost control of her 2002 GMC Envoy due to the slippery road surface and crossed into the path of a southbound vehicle operated by Scott Smith, 53, of New Kensington.

Minich’s vehicle struck the driver’s side corner of Smith’s 1998 Nissan Frontier, causing a severe impact.

Smith and his passenger, Stephanie Smith, 58, also of New Kensington, were flown via STAT MedEvac to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Scott Smith was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Stephanie Smith suffered moderate injuries.

Minich and a juvenile passenger in her vehicle were taken to Clarion Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

All occupants were wearing safety belts.

The investigation is continuing.

New Bethlehem VFD, Mark’s Towing, and multiple local residents assisted at the scene.

PA State Police are also requesting the public’s help in finding a dog that ran from Smith’s vehicle. The dog is a Chihuahua that is white in color with brown patches. He answers to the name “Spike”. He was last seen running toward Quail Road beside the Blue Town Tavern.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clarion-based State Police at 814-226-1710.

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