4 Dead, 4 Injured In Butler Co. Crash

CHERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A two-vehicle accident in Butler County has claimed the lives of four people.

According to police, the accident happened on Route 308 near the Moniteau High School in Cherry Township around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The accident involved a van with seven people inside. Most of the van’s occupants are Amish.

The van collided head-on with a pickup truck with only one occupant.

It is confirmed that the drivers of both vehicles have died.

The driver of the van has been identified as 76-year-old Louis Sweetapple.

“Very intense accident. One vehicle upside down on the guardrails. We had seven people in the one van, majority of them being Amish, with a driver. Supposedly that they were on their way to a funeral,”West Sunbury Fire Chief Reid Campbell said.

The funeral was being held in Punxsutawney and police believe the van crossed the center line and into the path of the pickup truck.

The road was closed for several hours, so crash investigators could conduct their investigation.

Four people were also injured in the crash. State police have released their names.

Irvine Detweiler, 72, of Emlenton, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Benedict Hostettler, 62, of Harrisville, was flown to Allegheny General Hospital.

Police say they both had major injuries.

Cynda Detwiller, 34, of Kennerdell, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and 46-year-old David Coblentz, of Kennerdell, went to Presby as well.

Police describe their injuries as moderate.

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One Comment

  1. nancy says:

    So sad, knew the driver of van and amish people.
    God Speed.

  2. Nick says:

    I was in the school when this was happening

  3. Megan Bartley says:

    I am deeply saddened by this latest tragedy on Route 8. I drive this road 5 days a week ith my 3 year old daughter and am ever vigil of the dangers of this road. My heart goes out to all family and friends of this horrible tragedy. God Bless.

  4. John says:

    Bless the Amish and their families.

  5. cathy says:

    charles roxberry the 30 yr old driver of the pick up who is saying prayers for him or his family that is left behind, i heard he just had a baby not long ago, the amish tend to take care of their own but nobody said anything about charles, that is very sad of all us to forget the other driver, the innocent driver on his way to work, i will say a prayer for charles will you?


      i will say a prayer for all those that was in the accent i was very good friends with 2 of the omish that was in the crash since i was a little girl and know them enough that they would want everyone to pray for all of them also!!!!!!! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU

    2. Marissa Roxberry says:

      The child was not my brother in laws. The mother said he was the father and ruined 2 years of his life. He was just getting his life back. Not a day goes by that he is not thought of. My son, his nephew, loved him so much and chuckie loved him and the years that we’re taken from him. I want to forgive the man who killed my brother but I find it difficult even though he lost his life as well. Chuckie still had his whole life. I drive by the scene of the accident daily and its a constant reminder of how short life is.

  6. robertwoods says:

    i waseating supper when i turned on the tv,i started praying for everyone,i’m still in shock.may god bless.

  7. shley Norcross says:

    I to knew the Roxberry family. It is a very sad and tragic time this family must endure. We all need to sit and think just how quick we can lose a loved on. In the matter of moments our life can be turned upside, inside out. Please lets all pray for Charlies “chuckie” roxberry His family and friends who he left behind to mourn his great life he left behind. Also prayer for the other that were involved in the tragic accident that took 4 lives and left 4 injured. !! RIP Charles may god be with you. We will be missed.

  8. Jan says:

    It is a horrible, tragic accident. My family and I have known the driver of the van and his family for almost 40 years. We are friends and neighbors of one of the Amish that was killed as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families that have been effected by this. Mr. Roxberry was an innocent in this, and we grieve for his family as well.

  9. Farrah Spinetti says:

    My brother, John Spinetti and his fiancee Angie Barnhart were killed by a drunk driver on 308. It happened on April 27, 2007. My poor nephew has no parents because of this. It kills me to see the sadness in his eyes. What I would like to know is where are the State Police when these people are driving down 308 drunk, speeding or both? How many more fatalities is it going to take for the Police to do something? This road is dangerous enogh without drunk drivers and people who are speeding. When is something going to be done? These are not the only fatalities on this road. Something needs to be done NOW!!!!

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