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June 20, 2014

Two hospitalized after North Beaver crash

NEW CASTLE — Two people were flown to a Youngstown hospital after a head-on collision in North Beaver Township.

State police said William Swagger, 19, and Nicholas Brunelle, 19, both of New Castle, were occupants of a Ford Escort and suffered moderate to major injuries Thursday night. They were admitted to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where both were listed in satisfactory condition Friday afternoon.

No information was available about whether the other driver, Nicholas Magliocca, 33, was injured. No address was available for him.

Police also did not indicate whether it was Swagger or Brunelle who was driving the Escort.

Their car was traveling at high speed southbound on Route 551 just south of Mount Air Road around 8:10 p.m., police said, and crossed into the oncoming lane, hitting Magliocca’s northbound Dodge Ram pickup truck head on.

Swagger and Brunelle were extricated from the car after members of the North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department removed its roof, according to police.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage, police said, adding charges are pending against the driver of the Escort.

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