One Injured After Vehicle Crosses Center Line, Collides with Tractor-Trailer on Route 8

| September 19, 2023

CORNPLANTER TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A local man was treated for a head injury after his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a tractor-trailer in Cornplanter Township on Friday.

According to State Police in Franklin, the crash occurred at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, September 15, on State Route 8, in Cornplanter Township, Venango County.

Police say 30-year-old Leo E. Rice Jr., of Oil City, was traveling northbound in a 2016 Hyundai Sonata when he veered to the left, crossing the centerline and into the southbound lane and hit a 2015 Kenworth Northwest operated by 38-year-old Kevin J. Mong, of Titusville.

Due to the force of impact, Rice’s vehicle rotated counterclockwise back across the northbound lane and stopped along the eastern berm of the northbound lane of Route 8.

Mong’s truck continued traveling approximately 75 feet southbound on Route 8 before veering to the left, crossing the centerline and into the northbound lane. It continued traveling off the roadway and stopped along the eastern berm of the northbound lane.

Rice sustained minor injuries to his forehead as a result of the crash and was treated on scene by emergency medical personnel.

He was then transported to UPMC Northwest by Community Ambulance Service.

Mong was not injured

Both drivers were using a seat belt.

Police were assisted at the scene by Community Ambulance, Cornplanter Volunteer Fire Department, and Minichs Towing & Recovery.

According to police, Rice was charged with a traffic violation.

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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group, who is based out of Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 6 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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