A Pennsylvania man has died and his female passenger sustained critical injuries after a fatal accident in Clay Township. State Troopers report that on Monday, June 11 at around 4:45 a.m., the 23-year-old driver of a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro crossed over the highway's center line on Route 308 and collided with a garbage truck, causing the fatal accident. The 18-year-old passenger in the Camaro was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital and was listed in critical condition.
Reports state that after the driver crossed the center line and crashed into the garbage truck, his Camaro struck a tree. This resulted in the driver becoming trapped in the car and the ejection of the female passenger. The truck driver attempted to avoid colliding with the Camaro, but was unable to. The truck driver was not injured in the accident.
Other than the tragic end to one life and the forever changing of another, no additional details about the accident or what factors may have been involved have been released. The condition of the passenger has not been updated at this time. The families of the individuals involved have not released any statements regarding the accident.
A fatal accident such as this one can present emotional and financial challenges for the families involved. While the cause of this accident has not been determined, many accidents at such an early hour of the morning with young drivers can involve alcohol or sleepy driving, both of which may bring serious injuries or even fatalities.
Pennsylvania drivers are likely aware that accidents can happen on any road, at any time; however, no one is truly prepared for such an accident to occur. Aside from the emotional grief and anger that many experience after such an accident, the financial expenses associated with medical care and recovery can be staggering.
Source: wfmj, "1 dead, 1 critical in Pa. car-garbage truck crash," June 11, 2012