by Geoff Fox
Pennsylvania State Police responded to two traffic accidents in Fulton County in which three people from Hancock were involved.
The first accident occurred just after 11:30 a.m. on January 30 on Timber Ridge Road in Fulton County, about five miles south of Needmore.
According to police, the accident occurred as a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on Timber Ridge Road and attempting to negotiate a left hand turn.
Dylan A. Payne, 18, of Hancock, failed to negotiate the turn, traveled off the western side of the roadway, and striking a tree near the front right passenger side of the vehicle.
After striking the tree, the Jeep continued to travel south parallel to Timber Ridge Road for about 30 yards before striking a second tree with the same part of the vehicle.
The Jeep came to a final rest after striking the second tree, police said.
Both Payne and his passenger, William C. Dailey, 34, were wearing their seatbelts. Police said the two men had suspected minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital.
Winfield’s Salvage loaded the Jeep onto the tow truck.
The second accident occurred around 7:13 a.m. on January 31 on Lincoln Way East at the intersection with North 3rd Street in McConnellsburg.
According to police, the accident occurred when a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Mason R. Sain, 19, of McConnellsburg, was traveling west along Lincoln way East and approaching a steady red traffic signal at the intersection with North 3rd Street.
At that time, a 1997 Subaru Legacy driven by Raymond D. O’Rourke, Jr., 49, of Hancock, was approaching the same intersection with a steady green traffic signal.
As both vehicles entered the intersection, the Chevy pickup struck the Subaru in the near the front left driver side, which sustained minor damage.
The Subaru was also struck near the front right passenger side as well, suffering disabling damage.
Both Sain and O’Rourke were wearing their seatbelts. Sain was not injured in the accident, however O’Rourke sustained a suspected minor injury and was transported to Fulton County Medical Center.
Sain was charged with obedience to traffic-control devices.