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Hamilton man suffers serious injuries in Perry Township crash

October 25, 2011

Del S. Heitzenrater, 29, Hamilton, who was driving this 1996 Ford Aspire, suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday along St. Jacobs Church Road, Perry Township. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

PERRY TOWNSHIP — A Hamilton man was flown to a hospital following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday on St. Jacobs Church Road, Perry Township.

According to Punxsy-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1995 Ford 9,000 coal truck driven by Richard E. Smith, 66, Brockway, was traveling south on St. Jacobs Church Road while a 1996 Ford Aspire, driven by Del S. Heitzenrater, 29, Hamilton, was traveling north.

Police said both vehicles entered a curve in the road at the same time, when Heitzenrater’s vehicle traveled across the highway into the opposing lane of travel.

According to police, Heitzenrater’s vehicle struck Davis’ vehicle head-on while in the curve.

Police said Heitzenrater’s vehicle was disabled and towed from the scene, while Davis’ vehicle sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

According to police, Heitzenrater suffered serious injuries during the crash and was flown by STAT MedEvac to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of major injuries. Smith was not injured in the crash.

Police were assisted by Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company, and the Lindsey Fire Company managed the landing zone.

According to police, Heitzenrater will be charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

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