Pittsburgh Man Sustains Major Injuries after Striking Tree

RUSH TOWNSHIP – A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man sustained major injuries and was transported to the Altoona Hospital following a single-vehicle accident at 12:05 a.m. Sunday on Black Moshannon Road in Rush Township.

The Philipsburg-based state police identified the accident victim as Joseph R. Petrina, 37, of Pittsburgh. He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was extricated from the vehicle by the Hope and Reliance fire departments.

Petrina was traveling westbound and failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the roadway. His Mercedes-Benz C300 subsequently traveled across the eastbound lane and westbound off the south shoulder. The Petrina vehicle continued traveling off the roadway in a westerly direction for approximately 100 feet before striking a tree.

The Petrina vehicle was towed from the scene.

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