A Buick and pickup truck collided on New Butler Road Thursday afternoon, sending drivers and passengers to area hospitals.
The impact caused the pickup truck to roll over and split in two, but the driver was able to crawl out and walk away from the mangled vehicle.
Shenango Township police did not release the names of the drivers or occupants as of press time Thursday. Police also said they lacked details of the crash and had no eye witnesses.
However, an officer at the scene said he believes the Buick, occupied by two women, was westbound and the pickup truck, occupied by two men, was eastbound on Route 422 in front of the Giant Eagle supermarket about 3:45 p.m.
He said he did not yet know how or why the vehicles collided or what caused the truck to flip onto its roof.
The officer said he had spoken with two of the four people in the vehicles and said he had “a very positive feeling” regarding the outcome and potential for recovery of all involved.
“Injuries were serious, but could have been a lot worse, considering the condition of the vehicles,” a Shenango firefighter said.
Two helicopters and two ambulances were dispatched. One helicopter and an ambulance took the women from the Buick to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. The second helicopter took the passenger of the pickup truck to St. Elizabeth. The truck’s driver was taken by ambulance to Jameson Hospital.
Both vehicles were towed.
Shenango Township police were assisted by the Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department and New Castle police.