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Police: No injuries after vehicle strikes gas tie-in valve

December 11, 2010

A vehicle traveling north on Kachmar Road slid off the road and struck a gas valve tie-in about one mile off Route 210 Friday afternoon in Perry Township. Employees from Dominion Gas Company were able to shut off flow to the line around 4:10 Friday. There were no injuries, police said. (Photo by Matthew Steffy/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

VALIER — Four juveniles were uninjured Friday when the vehicle in which they were traveling slid off the road and struck a gas tie-in valve.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred around 3:38 p.m. Friday along Kachmar Road near the intersection of Yoder Road, Perry Township.

Police said a known juvenile female, operating a 2008 Honda Pilot, was traveling west on Kachmar Road when she failed to negotiate a downhill left curve on the icy road.

The driver told police she had swerved onto the north berm of Kachmar Road to avoid striking a school bus that was stopped at the intersection. The vehicle then traveled about 100 feet along the north berm before striking a Dominion Gas Company tie-in valve located about 15 feet off Kachmar Road.

After striking the valve, the vehicle then traveled about 20 more feet before hitting a pine tree in a yard, police said. The vehicle came to a rest facing northwest about 30 feet off Kachmar Road.

All the occupants in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts, and there were no injuries, police said.

Dominion employees and firefighters from Perry Township and the Lindsey Fire Company also assisted at the scene.

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