One person killed in Irwin Township crash

From staff reports

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Route 8 in Irwin Township.

Franklin state police said the crash occurred at about 10:15 a.m. when a vehicle that was headed south on Route 8 crossed the center line in an area north of Old Route 8 and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer head-on in the northbound lane.

Gouge marks were located at the point of impact in the northbound lane, police said.

The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was ejected from the vehicle and sustained a fatal injury, police said.

That person was pronounced dead at the scene by Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh.

Neither police or Rugh identified the victim, and Rugh said she would have more information today.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, and the tractor-trailer traveled over an embankment before coming to rest at the edge of the woods, police said.

In addition, the fuel tank in the tractor-trailer ruptured, causing fuel to spill into a small stream, according to police.

Route 8 from the intersection with Old Route 8 to the on ramp for Georgetown Road was closed after the crash, and Venango County 911 said the road was still closed at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

PennDOT assisted with the road closure and detouring traffic, and additional notifications were made to the Venango County Emergency Management hazardous materials (HAZMAT) team and to the state Fish and Boat Commission.

Clintonville volunteer firefighters and Superior Ambulance also responded to the scene, 911 said.