Two occupants of a Honda SUV were flown to a Youngstown hospital trauma center Wednesday after colliding with a tractor-trailer cab on Route 422 in Slippery Rock Township.

According to reports at the scene, the Honda reportedly pulled from the parking lot of Ben Franklin’s Tap Room onto 422 East around 7:30 p.m., into the path of the eastbound Peterbilt truck, which did not have a trailer attached.

One occupant of the Honda was reported to have been entrapped in the vehicle. Both its driver and passenger were flown to St. Elizabeth’s Youngstown Hospital in separate helicopters. Their identities and conditions were not available Thursday morning, and state police did not issue a news release about the accident.

The truck driver, whose name also was unavailable, was reportedly not injured. His vehicle was not drivable, having lost its front driver’s side wheel.

Both vehicles were towed.

State police are continuing to investigate the crash. The Portersville, Scott and Slippery Rock Township volunteer fire departments and the Shenango Area Fire District assisted at the scene.

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