Rayburn Accident Sends Motorists to Hospital

RAYBURN – A two-vehicle crash occurred on Route 28/66 about 1/4 mile north of Trader Horn yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:30 PM.

Witness accounts of what had occurred and evidence at the scene indicated that 18-year-old Donovan Ashe of Kittanning was driving at a high rate of speed in the northbound lane. The vehicle encountered some pea gravel and salt deposits near the centerline of the roadway, causing the 2006 Honda Civic to slide into the southbound lane of travel into the path of a 2009 Dodge Caravan driven by 28-year-old Tonya Harmon of New Bethlehem, striking the passenger side. Ashe’s vehicle then struck an embankment. The impact was enough to cause the engine of the vehicle to become dislodged and ride up underneath of the vehicle.

After the initial impact, Harmon’s van moved toward the southbound shoulder and came to rest partially on the embankment.

All occupants in both vehicles were mechanically extricated prior to transport to medical facilities.
Both Ashe and a 15-year-old female passenger were flown from the scene to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for medical treatment for injuries ranging from broken bones to head injuries.

Harmon was also air lifted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for suspected head injury sustained in the crash.

Pennsylvania State Police troopers were assisted at the scene by the Armstrong County Sheriff’s Office, Kittanning EMS, Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rayburn Township Fire Department, Terry’s Towing and Aire-Ride Towing.

According to Trooper David Endlich, charges against Ashe are expected following the conclusion of the investigation.

Route 28 was closed in Rayburn Township between Poverty Hill road and Anderson Creek Road while emergency crews responded to the accident.