Two Local Men Killed, One Seriously Injured in Fiery Head-On Collision
Trooper Jones of Clarion-based State Police said the accident happened around 5:27 p.m. on State Route 208 between Nickleville Road and Ron McHenry Road.
Tpr. Jones said 21-year-old Dylan M. Meals of Knox was traveling east on State Route 208 in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado in the oncoming lane of traffic and approaching a westbound 2005 Chevrolet 2500HD operated by 21-year-old Brandon T. Switzer of Emlenton.
Both Meals and Switzer made evasive maneuvers towards the berm and the two pickup trucks collided head-on.
Following initial impact, Meals’ vehicle caught fire, according to Tpr. Jones.
Meals and a passenger – 27-year-old Cody J. Cotherman of Knox – were pronounced dead at the scene by Clarion County Coroner Randall Stom.
It is unknown whether Meals and Cotherman were wearing safety belts.
Switzer, who was wearing a safety belt, was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of suspected serious injuries.
The accident was listed as DUI-related; however, no further details were released.
Knox Volunteer Fire Company, Clarion Hospital Ambulance, Emlenton Area Ambulance Service, and Frye’s Towing assisted at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.
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