One-Vehicle Crash on Route 36, Driver Escapes Injury

ROSE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, around 9:30 p.m. on November 12, a one-vehicle accident occurred on State Route 36, north of Ramsaytown Road, in Rose Township, Jefferson County.

Police say 77-year-old Richard D. Hetrick, of Summerville, was traveling north on SR 36, and while negotiating a left hand curve north of Ramsaytown Road, he lost control of his 2002 Subaru on the snow covered roadway.

In an attempt to recover, he over-corrected which caused the vehicle to spin in a clockwise direction, according to police.

The vehicle traveled across the southbound lane, across the west berm, and off the roadway into a field where it impacted a traffic sign with the left front wheel and fender of the vehicle, police say.

The impact with the sign was approximately 70 feet from the point where he left the roadway and caused disabling damage to the left front wheel, according to police.

The vehicle then continued through the field another 40 feet where the left rear wheels impacted a drainage ditch causing it to spin in a counter-clockwise direction. The vehicle continued through the front yard of a house adjacent to the field for another 90 feet before it finally came to rest facing west, police say.

Hetrick reported that he was uninjured, and the vehicle was off the roadway, so no fire or EMS agencies were contacted.

McPherson Auto Body and Towing of Brookville assisted at the scene.

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