Police Release Details on Series of Accidents in Clinton Twp; Two Seriously Injured

| January 15, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – According to Franklin-based State Police around 9:30 a.m. on January 12, two people were seriously injured in a series of accidents in Clinton Township, Venango County.

Police say the following incidents occurred:

Dana L. Coast, 39, of Harrisville was pulling out of Rapp Road attempting to turn west onto State Route 208 in a 2003 Dodge Caravan and pulled out in front of a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by 26-year-old Joshua T. Crissman, of Clintonville, who was traveling eastbound on SR 208.

The Dodge pickup struck the Caravan on the left side causing severe damage to the Caravan.

The Caravan came to its final place of rest facing southeast with its rear end over the yellow line of the westbound lane of SR 208. The pickup came to its final place of rest facing east over top of the yellow line on SR 208.

Crissman got out of his pickup to assist Coast and retrieved a 7 and 9 year-old out of the Caravan and carried them off the roadway and out of harm’s way.

Crissman then came back to the Caravan and was attempting to open the door to retrieve Coast when the Caravan was struck in the rear end by a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup 58-year-old Leslie J. Hanna of Harrisville.

This crash caused Coast’s Caravan to strike Crissman, causing severe injury.

Joshua Crissman and his passenger, 18-year-old Jacob D. Crissman, also of Clintonville, were using seat belts.

Jacob Crissman was not injured.

Coast and her passengers, 2 girls, ages 7 and 9, were using seat belts.

Coast suffered moderate injuries.

Coast was charged with a traffic violation.

Richard A. Dick, 50, of Clintonville, was traveling west of SR 208 in the area of Rapp Road in a 1981 Chevrolet Malibu Classic and struck Hanna’s pickup in the rear as Hanna was stopped at the crash site that had occurred moments prior.

Hanna’s pickup, that was already at rest facing west on the westbound lane of SR 208, moved approximately 3 feet west and came to rest facing west.

Dick and a passenger in his vehicle, 57-year-old Susan L. Nimitz of Gallitzin, suffered moderate injuries.

Another passenger in Dick’s vehicle, 29-year-old Mervin J. Miller of Harrisville, suffered minor injuries.

Two other passengers in Dick‘s car, 2 boys, ages 1 and 3, were not injured.

Hanna was using a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

All five people of the initial crash and Hanna, Dick, Nimitz, and Miller were taken to Grove City Hospital via Emlenton Ambulance Service.

Joshua Crissman was transported to Grove City Hospital and then flown to UPMC Pittsburgh.

Brayden D. Rea, 19, of Harrisville was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on SR 208 in a 2008 Pontiac G5 and collided into the 2003 Dodge Caravan involved in the initial crash.

Rea, and his passenger, 43-year-old Lynn M. Rea, also of Harrisville, were using seat belts.

Brayden Rea was not injured; Lynn Rea suffered major injuries.

Emlenton EMS transported her to Grove City Hospital.

Around 1:00 p.m. on January 12, police interviewed Brayden Rea at Grove City Hospital; he said he was responding to the accident on SR 208, and heading to Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department. He said he was probably driving too fast and thought he was going between 50-65 MPH and that the fog was too thick to see the vehicle prior to hitting it.

Brayden Rea was charged with a traffic violation.

Overall there were 4 separate crashes stemming from this initial crash.

Emlenton and Clintonville Volunteer Fire Departments assisted at the scene with traffic control and clean up.

A witness to the accident indicated that she was in her house when she heard a crash outside at the intersection, so she went outside with a flare when she saw Joshua Crissman carrying two young children from the crash leading them off the road out of harm’s way. The witness further indicated that she could not get her flare lit and handed it to another person at the scene when she saw a white Ford pickup hit the van causing the van to hit Joshua Crissman and throw him over the guard rail. The witness reported that after that she saw a red station wagon hit the white Ford pickup and shortly after that occurred she saw a red car go flying by and hit the van again.

The above information was released to exploreVenango.com on 12/15/12.

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