A head-on collision on Williamsfield Road on Thursday left five people injured, including at least one child, with helicopters called in to transport three of the injured.

The two-vehicle crash, which occurred around 2:27 p.m., happened when a 2005 Honda Accord driven by Edna M. Allender, 93, of Greenville, malfunctioned as she was approaching the intersection with East Dam Road, according to state police out of Meadville. Allender lost control of her vehicle and drifted off the right side of the roadway, striking a small embankment which forced the vehicle back onto the road into the oncoming lane of traffic.

The Accord ended up in the path of a 2020 Kia Sorento driven by Zachary R. Tharp, 24, of Burgettstown. Police said Tharp didn’t have time to react and the vehicles crashed into each other. Tharp had four passengers in his vehicle at the time of the collision, consisting of 23-year-old Shi N. Thomas, a 1-year-old girl, a 4-year-old girl and a male whose age was not given by police. Thomas and the two girls are all from Burgettstown.

Allender, Tharp and the four-year-old girl were all taken by Stat MedEvac helicopters, with the Allender going to the Hamot Medical Center, Tharp going to Saint Elizabeth hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, and the girl being taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Thomas was taken by ambulance to Saint Elizabeth as well, while the unidentified male incurred only a minor injury and was not taken to any facility. The 1-year-old was not injured, but was taken to Saint Elizabeth by ambulance.

Staff at Hamot, Children’s Hospital and Saint Elizabeth did not provide updates on those injured in the crash when contacted.

State police were assisted at the scene by Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department, Pymatuning Park Rangers, Meadville Ambulance, Stat MedEvac and Rodgers Auto Body.


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