Area man killed in accident; Sandy Twp. fire chief injured
DuBOIS (Pa.1-22-05) — A DuBois man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning in Sandy Township.
According to DuBois-based state police, Walter M. Sarnoski, 19, DuBois, was driving a 1996 Plymouth Breeze south on Route 255 at 9 a.m. when he collided with a northbound Sandy Township emergency vehicle driven by John J. Brown, 43, DuBois, that was en route to another accident.
Police said that for unknown reasons, Sarnoski, who was traveling just south of Route 415, momentarily exited the road onto the west berm, returned to the roadway, and crossed both lanes of travel. Sarnoski entered the northbound lane in front of Brown’s 1998 Ford Explorer, and the vehicles collided.
Police said Brown, who serves as the Sandy Township fire chief, had his vehicle’s emergency lighting and siren activated at the time of the collision.
Sarnoski was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both Sarnoski and Brown were wearing seatbelts. According to a family member, Brown was airlifted to Altoona Hospital where he was treated for a concussion. He was released Thursday evening.
Both vehicles were severely damaged.
Units from the Sandy Township police and fire departments, Penfield Fire Department and ambulances from DuBois EMS assisted.