Punxsutawney Woman Sustains Injuries After Allegedly Falling Asleep at the Wheel

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a one-vehicle crash occurred after the driver fell asleep at the wheel on November 25 around 4:45 a.m. in McCalmont Township, Jefferson County.

Police say the crash occurred as 19-year-old Courtney Beatty, of Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Panic Knoxdale Road (SR 2008) and failed to negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway after allegedly falling asleep.

Beatty lost control of her vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Liberty, and traveled across the SR 2008 eastbound travel lane. She then traveled off the SR 2008 south berm, and impacted with a 4 foot embankment, which was located approximately 8 feet off of the roadway, according to police.

After impacting with the embankment, Beatty continued traveling west and impacted head-on with a tree, which was located approximately 15 feet off of the roadway.

Beatty’s vehicle came to final rest approximately 12 feet off of the SR 2008 roadway, facing west, according to police.

Beatty sustained moderate injuries as a result of this crash.

She was flown from the scene to Altoona Hospital.

Beatty was wearing her seat belt.

She was charged with a traffic violation.

PSP Punxsutawney were assisted at the scene by the McCalmont VFD and Jefferson County EMS.


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