Police: Two Hurt During Chase, Car Rolls Down Steep Embankment

A moving ambulance on it''s way to a crash site.HENDERSON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, around 10:30 a.m. on November 2, a one-vehicle crash occurred on State Route 410, at its intersection with State Route 119, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County.

Police say 32-year-old Michael A. Smith, of Punxsutawney, was traveling south along SR 119 at a high rate of speed, attempting to elude a PA State Parole agent.

Smith attempted to turn left from Route 119 onto Route 410 while traveling approximately 90 MPH. His 2014 Jeep Compass was unable to make the turn at that speed, traveled through the intersection, and left the roadway edge of Route 410 just east of its intersection with Route 119, according to police.

The Jeep struck two street signs, traveled through a grassy area then became airborne at a steep embankment that dropped off to a railroad bed. The front of the Jeep struck the ground at a steep angle causing it to somersault onto its roof, where it came to a rest facing north, police say.

Smith and a passenger – 27-year-old Kayla M. Weaver, of Punxsutawney – were able to exit the vehicle on their own. Both suffered unknown injuries and were flown by STAT Medevac to Altoona Hospital, according to police.

Big Run VFD, Sykesville Ambulance, Jefferson County EMS, and Brocious Towing assisted at the scene.

Smith was charged with a traffic violation. No other information was provided.


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