Truck Driver Injured in Crash


An East Franklin Township firefighter cleans near the intersection of Bouch Road as Kittanning #6 Ambulance prepares to leave the scene with one of the two drivers after she sustained minor injuries. Both vehicles had to be towed after the crash.

by Jonathan Weaver

A woman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital after a two-vehicle crash in East Franklin Township last night.

State Police on-scene identified Patricia L. Matson, 19 of Cowansville as the person transported by Kittanning #6 Ambulance after her truck crashed into an intersecting vehicle minutes before 8PM.

“Unit #1 – a black Chevy S10 pickup truck was traveling north on Deer Run Road. The female operator, Patricia Matson, failed to stop for a properly-posted stop sign. At which time, unit #2 – a 2011 black Ford Fusion was traveling east along Bouch Road. As he crested the hill, he heard and then saw unit #1 and could not react to unit #1 not stopping at that stop sign,” Trooper Amy of the state police barracks in Kittanning said.

Matson’s truck crashed into the rear passenger-side of the Fusion, which was driven by Melvin Zeigler, 34 of Kittanning – who lives on Bouch Road.

Matson suffered ‘minor crash-related injuries,’ presumably to her chest, and was taken to ACMH.

Trooper Amy said that both occupants of the pickup were not wearing their seatbelts.

Even though it is a four-way intersection, stop signs are only posted on Deer Run Road north and south.

Bowser Towing towed both vehicles from the crash site after both sustained moderate damage.

Friends from both drivers arrived on-scene to transport materials before they were towed.

Applewold Borough and East Franklin Township fire crews both responded to the scene initially before the Applewold unit was waived.