• PennDOT working to fix portion of Route 68 following deadly accident


    ZELIENOPLE, Pa. - PennDOT is working to fix a portion of Route 68 following an accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer on Route 68 in Butler County that killed a pregnant Clarion University student Monday afternoon.

    PennDOT engineers have been planning to fix the portion of the road where the accident occurred, and construction signs went up Tuesday.

    “We’ve heard different things -- that drainage is poor, the road is angled the wrong way … I'm not an engineer so I’ll let the experts determine that,” said Zelienople Police Chief Jim Miller. “Any time you can improve the safety of a roadway, it's good for everybody.”

    On Monday, a car struck the rear axle of a truck as it traveled up a hill on Route 68.

    Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that the driver of the car, Alyssa McKee, was cut from the vehicle and her boyfriend, a passenger, was found on the roadway outside the car.

    According to police, McKee, 19, died as a result of the crash. She was three months pregnant and a student at Clarion University.

    Her mother said she and her boyfriend, Kevin Snyder, were on their way to a doctor’s appointment when the accident happened.

    Police said the tractor-trailer was in the right lane, but its tires crossed over the yellow line into the path of the oncoming car.

    The tractor-trailer driver told Marcinkiewicz he felt the truck slipping on the wet roadway as he went up a hill.

    Snyder was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he was in a medically induced coma Tuesday.

    Route 68 was closed for several hours following the accident, which was not the first in recent years.

    Miller said, “We had one a few years back when a car collided with a tractor-trailer, and then we had a woman in a vehicle a few years back. She ended up being a paraplegic out of the incident.”

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