Reports of 'erratic driving' preceded fatal crash in Armstrong County, state police say

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A Butler County man died in a crash on Route 422 in Armstrong County today when a dump truck rolled on top of his car, the coroner there said in a press release.

The collision occurred at 2:50 p.m. just west of the West Hills exit, an Armstrong County emergency dispatcher said. Before the crash, state police said they received "several complaints of erratic driving" involving a white Toyota Corolla, later found to be driven by Daniel Seitz Jr., 37, of Lyndora.

The eastbound car crossed into the berm, lost control, turned sideways and crossed both eastbound lanes, state police wrote in a press release. A GMC Terrain was unable to stop to avoid hitting the Corolla, and a dump truck behind the Terrain couldn't stop in time, either.

The dump truck swerved, but hit the Terrain and then crossed into the median, state police said. The truck then hit and spun the car, and rolled on to the car upon impact, state police said.

Mr. Seitz was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy will be performed Friday, Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers wrote.

State police said the two other drivers and a passenger in the dump truck sustained minor to no injuries.

Route 422 closed for several hours, but has since reopened. State police said a crash investigation is in progress.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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