DERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A two-vehicle crash that state police say happened during heavy rain in Westmoreland County Saturday afternoon sent two people to the hospital.
The accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. on State Route 981 near Flowers Road in Derry Township.
According to state police, 40-year-old Donald Dickson of Latrobe was headed south on State Route 981 when he lost control of his pickup truck during heavy rain and crossed over the northbound lane.
The passenger side of Dickson’s vehicle was then hit by another truck on the east shoulder of the road, spinning it in a counter-clockwise direction. State police say “the engine compartment and passenger compartment were severed from the vehicle’s frame.”
The other truck traveled about 105 yards before jackknifing and hitting an embankment on the west shoulder of the road.
Authorities have identified the driver of that vehicle as 24-year-old Brad Kingensmith. There was also a passenger in the vehicle, identified as 26-year-old Nicholas Lenhart. Both are from North Huntingdon.
Both vehicles were severely damaged in the crash.
State police say Dickson was taken by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for head injuries. Klingensmith was taken to Excela Westmoreland for moderate injuries.
There is no word on whether Lenhart was hurt in the crash.