Woman killed in Route 286 wreck
September 06, 2013 11:00 AM
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A Butler County woman was killed and her son was injured in a head-on collision Thursday on Route 286 near Abbey Road in White Township, authorities reported.

Martha Jane Sybert, 80, of Renfrew, died from blunt-force injuries to her head and chest, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman. He said Sybert had used a seat belt.

State police reported Sybert was killed about 4:15 p.m. when the eastbound car she was driving crossed the center of the road into the path of a westbound pickup truck driven by John Stark Jr., of Latrobe, Westmoreland County.

Volunteers from the Indiana Fire Department rescue squad worked to free Sybert’s son, Matthew Sybert, from the wreckage of their car. Stark, who was pinned in his truck, also was extricated by firefighters.

Citizens’ Ambulance Service paramedics transported Stark, 48, and Matthew Sybert, 55, to Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment of what police described as moderate injuries.

Sybert was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where a spokeswoman said this morning that he was in fair condition.

Starks was treated and discharged from the Indiana hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Neither state police nor the coroner speculated on a cause of the crash.

Route 286 was closed to traffic while police conducted their investigation.

The Clymer fire department also assisted at the scene of the crash, according to the Indiana County 911 center.

Overman reported the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home in Butler will handle funeral arrangements for Martha Sybert.

PHOTO: State police officers studied the scene of a car crash on Route 286 Thursday that claimed the life of a woman from Butler County. (Teri Enciso/Gazette photo)

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