SALEM TOWNSHIP, WESTMORELAND COUNTY
An Indiana County woman was taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash Wednesday at 9:14 a.m.
State police at Kiski Valley said a 2007 Ford Edge driven by Carrie Bloomquist, 62, of Indiana, failed to slow down at a red light Routes 22 and 819 and hit a 2014 Toyota Sienna operated by Michelle Sandeen, 38, of Indiana, from behind.
Bloomquist told state police she fell asleep before hitting Sandeen’s vehicle.
After impact, Bloomquist’s car then hit a Ford F-450 driven by Richard Heider, 49, of Greensburg, from behind, police reported.
Officers said Bloomquist’s vehicle suffered major disabling front-end damage and she was taken to UMPC East in Monroeville for further evaluation of minor injuries. Sandeen’s vehicle sustained major disabling rear-end damage, and Heider’s truck minor damage to the rear end.
Trooper Robert Blystone reported that Sandeen and three young children in her vehicle sustained only minor injuries. They were evaluated by medical personnel at the scene. Sandeen refused medical transport and said she would seek further evaluation from her physician.
Heider was not injured, police said.
Blystone said all three drivers were wearing seat belts and the three children were in child safety seats.