Passenger killed in Somerset County crash

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A 29-year-old New Alexandria man died in a head-on collision this afternoon in Quemahoning Township in Somerset County, state police said.

James E. Harris Jr. died after the GMC delivery truck he was riding in, owned by the Oak Country Peddler, a Greensburg furniture company, and driven by John N. Carlson, 49, of Youngwood, crossed into the opposite lane just before 2 p.m. and collided with an eastbound tractor-trailer carrying coal on Route 30.

After the initial collision, the tractor-trailer, driven by Eric Makin Sr., 50, of Windber and owned by Spisak Trucking, side-swiped a Ford F-250 driven by Alvin E. Naugle Jr., 56, of Freidens. The rig turned on its side and spilled coal on the road before catching fire.

Mr. Naugle, Mr. Makin and Mr. Carlson were taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown to be treated for injuries.

All four men were wearing seat belts, the state police said. The crash is under investigation.

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