Man killed in 2-vehicle crash
Eagle Staff Writer
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July 10, 2017

MIDDLESEX TWP — A Penn Township man was killed and a state police officer injured in a two-vehicle crash this morning on Route 228 West in Middlesex Township, authorities said.

It was the second fatal traffic accident in Butler County since Monday afternoon.

Today’s wreck occurred about 6:15 a.m. when a small pickup truck and a police cruiser collided head-on. The 47-year-old man killed in the wreck was driving the pickup. He was ejected through the windshield of his truck.

Butler County Deputy Coroner John Hanovick pronounced the man dead at the scene. An autopsy was planned for later today.

Trooper Randy Michel was alone in the cruiser and suffered moderate injuries, including cuts and bruises and chipped teeth, police said. He was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital.

The crash happened just east of a sharp curve known as “Ball’s Bend,” near Route 8.

The crash awakened Michelle Chambers and her husband, who were sleeping at their home on Route 228 West.

“We heard a skid and a thump,” she said. “I don’t know which came first.”

heavily damaged cruiser ended in the westbound lane. The red pickup sustained severe front-end damage and was in the eastbound lane.

The accident closed Route 228 between Park Road and Three Degree Road. Traffic was backed up on Route 228 from Three Degree Road all the way to the Mars Primary Center.

No other information was immediately available.

The crash was the second fatality in Butler County in the past 14 hours.

David W. Aspinall, 57, of Franklin Township died Monday afternoon after he apparently suffered a medical emergency before crashing his vehicle down a steep embankment on Route 19, according to investigators.

Aspinall was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident about 4:15 p.m.

Authorities said he lost control of his 2001 Jeep Cherokee while traveling south on Route 19 near the old Kerns Auto Parts store, due to an unknown medical issue.

The vehicle crossed over the northbound lane and continued into a wooded area off the road, state police said. The Jeep hit two trees before going down a 14-foot embankment and overturning onto its driver’s side.

A Portersville-Muddy Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department crew got there and found Aspinall unresponsive and not breathing. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Hanovick pronounced him dead at 5:15 p.m.

“There was no trauma that would have caused his death,” Hanovick said. An autopsy later that night also did not find any internal injuries.

Hanovick said he believes Aspinall died of natural causes, which precipitated the crash.

The ultimate cause, however, will not be determined until toxicology, histology and other lab tests come back in several weeks.