Wreck in Scott sends two to hospital

Last updated: April 9, 2019 - 4:38pm

The passenger side of this Buick is caved in after being struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of Shaffer and Sawmill roads in Scott Township Tuesday morning. Two people were injured in the crash. The driver of the Buick, Charles Joline, turned into the path of a pickup truck around 9:15 a.m., police said. (Press Enterprise/Keith Haupt)

SCOTT TWP. — An 81-year-old man his car pulled into the path of another vehicle, sending both drivers to the hospital Tuesday morning, police say.

Charles Joline Jr., 182 Daisy Drive, Berwick, was headed west on Sawmill Road around 9 a.m. when he tried to turn his Buick Century left onto Shaffer Road, according to Scott Township Police Chief Ray Klingler. 

He saw the Dodge Dakota 4x4, driven by Nicole Smith, 370 Summerhill Road, Berwick, coming towards him from the opposite direction on Sawmill Road, but “underestimated her speed,” Klingler noted. 

As Joline turned, the front passenger corner of Smith’s pickup truck smashed into the passenger side door of Joline’s car, sending both cars spinning through the intersection.

A neighbor who knew the Jolines called his wife, Judy, who came to the accident scene shortly after her husband was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

“Oh my God,” she cried, looking at the wreckage. “Now I have to get another car! That’s two in three years.”

They just bought the car last summer, she noted. 

Her husband was likely on his way to Burger King, she added. 

“He was going to see the old men,” she said. “That’s where they gather.”

Smith, 36, was also taken by ambulance for treatment, police say.

Emergency crews from Lightstreet and Espy responded to the accident. Both cars were removed from the scene by Mausteller’s Towing.

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