County Man Hospitalized After Turnpike Crash
A McConnellsburg man was flown by Life Lion to Altoona Hospital with several head injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
According to state police at the Everett Turnpike station, Jeffrey T. Pepple, 44, suffered the injuries on Wednesday, October 6, when the rear of his 2004 Mack Granite construction truck was struck from behind by a 2006 Freightliner tractortrailer driven by Isaac B. Forehand of Judsonia, Ark.
Forehand, police stated, was travelling at a high rate of speed in the right lane and failed to merge into the left lane as he approached a construction zone. The impact of the 1:42 p.m. collision pushed Pepple’s truck approximately 180 feet and through a guiderail. The truck went back through the guiderail a second time, across both lanes of traffic and into a concrete median barrier.
Pepple was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash in Dublin Township as was Forehand, 41. Forehand was transported to Fulton County Medical Center by Hustontown Ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries. He will be cited for careless driving.
Interstate Emergency Services removed both vehicles from the scene.
Both lanes of the turnpike were shut down for several hours between Breezewood and Carlisle as a result of the accident.