Fatal multi-vehicle accident shuts down Rt. 422 in Indiana County

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INDIANA COUNTY, Pa. - A multi-vehicle accident forced officials to shut down a stretch of U.S. Route 422 in Pine Township, Indiana County.

“I heard a big bang outside and saw a big ball of flames,” said Tonya Kendra.

Kendra said a tri-axle full of coal landed in her front yard.

“For whatever reason, the first passenger vehicle proceeded to traverse and cross the yellow lines where it impacted the front of the coal truck,” said Trooper John Matchik.

Police said the driver of the car was killed.

Police said the coal truck lost control, hit a SUV and burst into flames before landing in Kendra’s yard, dumping coal and spilling gas.

“It was really scary.  My heart was beating very fast.  I was hoping everybody was OK,” said Kendra.

The road between Red Mill Road and Route 403 was closed for hours.

Police said people in the SUV were taken to a hospital.

Police are investigating why the car swerved and hit the coal truck.