Vehicle travels down embankment into creek

October 9, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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Emergency crews evaluate the scene of an accident Thursday on Franklin Road in Cranberry Township.

CRANBERRY TWP — A driver was transported for evaluation by emergency personnel Thursday after his vehicle went off Franklin Road at Steven M. Krochta Memorial Bridge.

The accident occurred just before 11:30 a.m. on the road just north of North Boundary Road. According to Sgt. William Ahlgren of the Cranberry Police Department, the vehicle left the roadway while traveling north, taking out a guardrail and a sign identifying the bridge before going down an embankment to the creek.

Above, emergency crews evaluate the scene of an accident Thursday on Franklin Road in Cranberry Township. At left, the vehicle came to rest in a creek bed after going over an embankment on Franklin Road in Cranberry Township.

The vehicle was sitting in a heavily weeded area and not submerged in water.

Ahlgren said the driver got out of the vehicle on his own after the accident and walked up to Franklin Road, where he was spotted by motorists who called 911. The driver was taken by ambulance for evaluation. Ahlgren said the reason the driver went off the road is unknown.

Cranberry Township police, fire and EMS were at the scene, as was a towing company to remove the vehicle from the embankment.

It was cleared in just over an hour.

Emergency crews evaluate the scene of an accident Thursday on Franklin Road in Cranberry Township.

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J.W.  Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr.

J.W. Johnson Jr. is the bureau chief of the Cranberry Eagle. Johnson is a native of Bellaire, Ohio, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2004. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor of specialized studies degree in English and journalism. While there, he served as a reporter and editor at The Post, the university’s student-run, independent newspaper. In 2009, he was hired as a reporter for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in Wheeling, W.Va. Over the course of eight years, he also served as Marshall County bureau chief, city editor and news editor. He also won two first place West Virginia Press Association Awards for his reporting and design work. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Carnegie.