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July 8, 2014

Two in critical condition following Vernon Township crash

VERNON TOWNSHIP — A car accident that occurred Tuesday evening at the intersection of Route 322 and Route 102 sent two people to UPMC Hamot in Erie in critical condition.

A car driving east on Route 322 hydroplaned out of control before crossing the median and into oncoming traffic around 8 p.m., according to Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Reichel.

The car then traveled into the Dairy Queen parking lot, hitting a car waiting at the drive-through window, he said. This caused the idling car’s front passenger tire to come off, hitting the Dairy Queen building and a woman exiting the building, Reichel said.

According to Reichel, the woman was thrown across the parking lot before she came to rest near the curb. The car that reportedly hydroplaned then hit two parked cars in the Dairy Queen lot before coming to a complete stop, he said.

The woman exiting the business and the passenger of the car that reportedly hydroplaned were taken to UPMC Hamot by two STAT MedEvac helicopters and are in critical condition, according to Reichel.

The driver of the car that reportedly hydroplaned was transported by ambulance to Meadville Medical Center, while the driver of the idling car was not injured, he said.

Also responding on the scene along with Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department were Meadville and Conneaut Lake EMS.

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