The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 23, 2013

Wet road may have contributed to crash

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

- — A car slammed into a parked pickup and pushed the truck into an apartment building at 12:28 p.m. Sunday at 3338 N. Main St., Sandy Lake, public safety officials said.

The driver of the car, Ruby Purks, 86, of 25 Lake St., Stoneboro, was taken to Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township, said Sandy Lake police Chief Donald Oakes.

Oakes said he visited Purks at the hospital and she seemed to be “shook up, more than anything.”

Although all four apartments of the building were occupied at the time of the crash, no one in the building was injured, said fire Chief Dave Knauss.

“We evacuated the house and had the technical review from county come out and assess the situation,” Knauss said.

Firefighters were worried that the building might have suffered structural damage and removing the pickup would cause the upper floor to collapse, Knauss said. The technical review was conducted by Team 91 County Collapse Team from Jackson Center Volunteer Fire Department.

“We took every precaution we could and got the all clear,” Knauss said, meaning the tenants were allowed to return to their apartments..

The property is owned by Gary Rhodes of Fredonia, Oakes said. It was unclear whether the Rhodes had been contacted.

The tenant of the apartment where the pickup went in was going to put up plastic to cover the hole in the kitchen, Oakes said.

It appears the Parks’ car hydroplaned at the Main Street bridge, but Oakes said he will continue to investigate the crash.