Route 219 Crash

Local and state police investigate the scene of a three-vehicle crash on the northbound lanes of Route 219 in Adams Township, Cambria County, on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

ADAMS TOWNSHIP – Police have released the names of the people involved in Thursday’s three-vehicle, alcohol-related crash on state Route 219 north of The Galleria exit that killed a woman and sent four others to the hospital.

Olivia C. Red, 20, of Indiana County, was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry north on Route 219 at 12:19 a.m. when the vehicle was struck head-on by a blue 2009 Dodge Ram traveling in the wrong direction, township police Chief Kirk Moss said.

Red was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown at 1:41 a.m., Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said.

A passenger, Angela Phillips, 29, of Water Avenue in St. Michael, was taken to a local hospital with a leg injury and needed surgery, Moss said.

Red was driving Phillips home at the time of the crash, he said.

The occupants of the Dodge Ram were Alejos Julio Cesar, 31, of Texas, and Chase Edward Turner, 27, of West Virginia.

Moss said the pickup truck was registered to Turner, but investigators were not sure which man was driving. Both men have been working in the area, he said.

The two men had been drinking earlier in Richland Township and left Quaker Steak and Lube on Scalp Avenue about 30 minutes before the crash, traveling north on Route 219, Moss said.

For some reason, the pickup truck stopped, turned around and headed in the wrong direction, striking the Toyota, he said.

A Galliker Dairy 2002 Freightliner truck driven by Jack Duane Foust Jr., 58, was not able to stop in time and also hit the Toyota, Moss said.

“We have eyewitnesses who saw a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane between the St. Michael and Sidman exit and what we call the airport lights in the area of the Adams and Richland line,” Moss said.

A pathologist determined the woman died from the head-on collision, Moss said.

Foust was not injured, he said. Cesar, Turner and Phillips all were in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

No charges have been filed. Adams Township police and the state police are investigating. 

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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