Three Teens Flown from Scene of Jefferson County Crash

GASKILL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police in Punxsutawney have released details surrounding a two-vehicle crash that resulted in three teenagers being flown to area hospitals.

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Punxsutawney-based State Police said the accident happened on December 16 around 7:36 p.m. and involved a 2005 GMC Canyon operated by 27-year-old Dorothy J. Esposti, of Rochester Mills, Pa., and a 2005 Dodge Neon driven by a 17-year-old male from Punxsutawney.

According to police, the 17-year-old male driver was traveling on Route 36 and began to brake as he was making a left turn when his vehicle was struck on its rear bumper by Esposti’s truck.

As a result of the crash, a 16-year-old Rossiter boy in the Neon was flown to UPMC Pittsburgh for treatment of suspected serious injuries. Police said the boy suffered a large laceration to his head.

Two additional passengers in the Neon – A 17-year-old Punxsutawney boy and a 15-year-old male passenger from Manassas, Virginia – were flown to UPMC Altoona after they complained of head and neck pain.

No other injuries were reported.

All occupants were wearing their seatbelts, with the exception of the 16-year-old from Rossiter.

Esposti was traveling at approximately 60 MPH at the time of the accident, and the 17-year-old male was traveling at approximately 10 MPH.

Esposti was cited for following too closely.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Brocious Towing.

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