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Police shed further light on Big Run crash Wednesday

April 7, 2011

Fire officials investigate a crash that damaged two houses Wednesday morning in Big Run. (Photo by Mary Jude Troupe/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BIG RUN — Police are releasing further details about a Wednesday incident in which a home was damaged along Main Street in Big Run.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 9:03 a.m. along East Main Street.

Police said William G. Dixon, 59, Indiana, was negotiating a left curve in the road traveling north when his 1999 Western Star tri-axle truck traveled off the right side of the road, striking a PennDOT sign.

The truck then struck the porch of a residence, causing moderate damage to the porch roof, as well as to the sidewalk due to the heavy weight of the truck, police said.

Flying debris struck a neighboring house and caused minor damage to the shingles on the roof, police said.

Police said Dixon fled the scene but was located nearby a short time after his vehicle became disabled as a result of the crash.

An investigation continues, and no charges have been filed yet, police said.

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