• Driver hospitalized after semitruck overturns on I-70

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    SOMERSET TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The driver of a semitruck was flown to a hospital after the big rig overturned Thursday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 70 and wound up in a creek in Somerset Township, Washington County.

    Pennsylvania State Police said the trailer went off the interstate, and the wheels got pulled down between the road surface and the guardrail. The driver, Elvis Omeragikj, unsuccessfully tried to get the trailer back on the road, and the rig went over a hillside into a creek.


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    No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

    Omeragikj, of Washington state, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

    Eastbound I-70 was closed for several hours between Route 519 and the Bentleyville exit. The eastbound lanes were closed for a second time Friday while crews removed the rig. That process involved two tow trucks and took just over an hour.

    Traffic was down to one lane as workers replaced the damaged guardrail.


     

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