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Accident Report Detail

Two Vehicle Collision and fire U.S. Route 422

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 3 am., e.d.t., on September 22, 1979, a Chevrolet sedan, occupied only by its driver, was westbound on U.S, Route 422 near Indiana, Pennsylvania. While negotiating a right curve at a high rate of speed, it collided head-on in the eastbound lane with an eastbound Ford Bronco occupied by six persons. Shortly after the crash the Ford caught fire. All persons in both vehicles were killed.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the operation of the westbound sedan in the eastbound lane while negotiating a right curve at an excessive rate of speed, by a driver whose judgment and driving ability were impaired by alcohol. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the limited sight distance when the vehicles first became visible to each driver.

Accident Location: Indiana , PA    
Accident Date: 9/22/1979
Accident ID: 79615

Date Adopted: 4/3/1980
NTSB Number: HAR-80-03
NTIS Number: PB82-171604

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