Both drivers in crash in front of Sheetz cited by police
Both drivers have been cited in a two-vehicle crash in front of the new Sheetz convenience store in North Warren.
According to Conewango Township Police Chief Jason Peters, two southbound vehicles a tractor trailer driven by Ken Riley of Tyrone and an SUV driven by Jody Baran of Youngsville collided at 2:23 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the northern Route 62 entrance to the store.
Peters said Riley was cited for required position and method of turning because he failed to make the turn from the right lane. Riley swung wide because that entrance is “too narrow for a combination vehicle,” he said. “The tractor trailer was partially in the right lane and partially in the left lane when making this turn.”
Peters said Baran was driving “well behind” the truck.
“As the tractor trailer was making the wide swing and blocking both southbound lanes of Route 62, Baran’s vehicle continued up the right side of the tractor trailer and impacted the trailer,” he said.
Baran was cited for careless driving for overtaking on the right, following too closely, and safe speed “as he was unable to stop when the traffic condition ahead was present.”
Police said video surveillance from Sheetz helped police make a final determination in the cause of the crash.
There are three entrances to the store: a winding road off of Jackson Run Road, a direct entrance and separate exit in front of the fuel pumps, and entrances off of Vine Street, just south of the store.
Each of those entrances has limitations, Peters said, and drivers should take those limitations and their vehicles into account in deciding how to enter the parking lot.
“If someone is violating the ‘rules of the roadway’ it does not give other motorists or pedestrians the right to simply drive or walk into someone and contribute to a crash,” he said. “You have to be in control of your motor vehicle and be able to stop in the assured clear distance ahead or slow your speed to assure that assured clear distance ahead.”
Peters said police will keep an eye on the area and take action if needed.
“We will monitor the traffic activity in this area and if PennDOT needs to be notified of a dangerous situation that could be helped by signage or other changes then we will make those notifications,” he said. “If citizens wish to voice their opinion on the signage or traffic patterns they can do so by going to www.dot.pa.gov and follow the instructions.”
“Police ask motorists be wary of the… new traffic patterns,” Peters said. “Always drive defensively and always obey the rules of the roadway. Common sense goes a long way when attempting to avoid crashes.”