Police: Driver Distracted By Cell Phone Leads to Crash in Knox Township

KNOX TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police have released information regarding a two-vehicle crash caused by a driver who was distracted by her cellphone. 

According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, the two-vehicle crash occurred as a 2015 Hyundai Sonata was traveling southbound on Five Mile Run Road, in Knox Township, Jefferson County, around 6:39 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, and a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling northbound on Five Mile Run Road.

Police say the Hyundai was traveling partially in the northbound lane as the Chevrolet crested a hill in the northbound lane. The operator of the Hyundai was distracted by her cellular device, causing the operator of the Chevrolet to stop and pull onto the northbound berm to avoid being struck by the Hyundai.

The Hyundai’s 10 o’clock position hit the Chevrolet’s 10 o’clock position, which resulted in both vehicles losing their driver’s side mirrors.

The Hyundai then scraped the left side of the Chevrolet, police said.

The operator of the Chevrolet stopped after being struck by the Hyundai, then proceeded to an area with cellular signal to contact 9-1-1.

The operator of the Hyundai parked approximately a quarter-mile from the scene in a pull-off area to walk, police said.

No injuries were reported.

The drivers’ names were not released.

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