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Sedan, pickup truck collide outside Valley Mall

September 05, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, a sedan and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Halfway and Massey boulevards at the entrance to the Valley Mall, tying up traffic and sending a number of people to Washington County Hospital.

The driver of the 1989 Pontiac was Daniel Phillips, 18, of State Line, Pa., who was westbound on Halfway Boulevard making a left turn into the mall when his vehicle was hit by an eastbound pickup truck, said Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Tracy Peyton

The impact pushed the car into a pole, causing a backseat passenger to be partially ejected from the car, Peyton said. That female passenger was the only person in both vehicles not properly restrained, he said.

That woman, whose name wasn't available Wednesday night, was expected to be flown to a hospital in the metropolitan area for treatment of a fracture, Peyton said.

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Phillips was charged with failure to yield the right of way, Peyton said. That intersection is marked with a left turn arrow and a green light where turning vehicles must yield for through traffic, Peyton said.

The woman driving the pickup truck and her two children required no medical treatment but were checked out at the hospital and released, Peyton said.

Phillips and another woman in the car had minor injuries in the 7:46 p.m. accident, he said.

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