Man injured in crash on Pine Grove Mountain

crosenbl@centredaily.comOctober 25, 2013 

— Alcohol may have led to a single car crash Thursday night that closed state Route 26 near Pine Grove Mills, Ferguson Township police said.

Sgt. Chris Albright said a 52-year-old Erie man, whom they did not identify pending notification of his family, lost control of his Subaru SUV on a curve while driving downhill by himself.

His car sustained heavy damage after leaving the road, plowing through a ditch, striking a traffic sign on an embankment and finally coming to rest across the road about 130 feet down the mountain near the Grissinger Camp Lane entrance, Albright said.

When removed from his vehicle, the driver was injured but responsive, Albright said. No further details about the driver’s condition were available.

A LifeFlight helicopter, which landed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Grove Mills, flew the driver to UPMC Altoona. Albright said the man would be tested at the hospital to determine if he had been driving under the influence.

Police responded to the crash about 9:25 p.m. and closed state Route 26 in Pine Grove Mills shortly after for about an hour. Alpha Fire Company firefighters and fire police assisted Centre LifeLink EMS and police at the scene.

Chris Rosenblum can be reached at 231-4620. Follow him on Twitter@CRosenblumNews.

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