Rouseville Woman Injured in Chain Reaction Crash on Route 257

| September 15, 2021

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police say a local woman was injured in a chain reaction crash that happened on State Route 257 on Monday afternoon.

According to Franklin-based State Police, the collision occurred around 12:46 p.m. on Monday, September 13, on State Route 257, at its intersection with Park Way, in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

Police say 33-year-old James K. Marshall, of Oil City, was operating a 2019 Dodge 1500 pick up traveling northbound when he was distracted by his cell phone and failed to observe stopped traffic ahead.

Marshall’s vehicle then struck the rear of a 2013 Dodge Caravan, operated by a Shelby L. Hartle, of Rouseville, causing it to strike the rear of a 2018 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by 80-year-old Larry W. McFarland, of Seneca.

McFarland’s vehicle then struck the rear of a 2019 Jeep Wrangler, operated by 70-year-old David E. McClain, of Seneca.

According to police, Hartle, McFarland, and McClain were using seat belts, while Marshall was not.

Hartle suffered injured of unknown severity and was transported to UPMC Northwest by Community Ambulance Service.

No other injuries were reported.

Seneca Volunteer Fire Department and Minich’s Towing also assisted at the scene.

Marshall was cited for careless driving.

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