Driver Airlifted with Serious Injuries After Vehicle Struck by Tractor-Trailer on Route 954

WEST MAHONING TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An area man was seriously injured after his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 954 Wednesday morning.

According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, this crash happened at 9:12 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, on State Route 954, in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

Police say a 65-year-old James R. Wagner, of Clymer, was traveling north in a 2018 Peterbilt tractor-trailer when he crossed the double yellow lines to pass a horse-drawn buggy.

After Wagner passed the buggy, he attempted to get back into the southbound lane and struck a 2008 Cadillac CTS operated by 42-year-old Joshua E. Neal, of Marion Center.

The tractor-trailer came to final rest up against a guide rail while the Cadillac came to rest on a hillside.

Neal suffered suspected serious injuries. He was airlifted by Life Flight to Allegheny General Hospital.

Neal was not using a seat belt.

Wagner was transported to Indiana Hospital by Citizens’ Ambulance Services for treatment of minor injuries. He was using a seat belt.

No airbags were deployed in either vehicle.

The tractor-trailer was towed by Bricen Towing & Recovery while the Cadillac was removed by Brosius Towing Services.

According to police, charges related to this crash are pending investigation.

Police were assisted on scene by PennDOT and local fire departments.

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