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Further Details Released about Fatal Cecil Car Crash

While four others were hurt in the crash—police say the injuries are not life threatening.

Cecil police on Monday released further details of a fatal two-vehicle crash that happened in the township Saturday, killing a McDonald man.

Police said the accident occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday when Lynn Cook lost control of the Jeep she was driving south on state Route 980 while navigating a left-hand curve near Weaver Lane.

The roadway was described as wet and slick, according to police.

The Jeep rotated counter-clockwise, ending up in the northbound lane and colliding with a Ford Explorer driven by Patricia Dolansky.

The passenger in Cook’s vehicle, , according to Washington County Coroner Tim Warco.

Lynn Cook and two small children who were riding in the backseat of the vehicle were taken to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to police—who said their injuries were not life threatening.

Dolansky was taken by ambulance to Canonsburg General Hospital after complaining of knee pain, police said.

Police said Dolansky indicated to officers that it did not appear as though Lynn Cook was traveling at a high rate of speed. Lynn Cook told officers she felt the Jeep slip and was unable to control it.

The state Department of Transportation was notified of the crash, and police said that representatives had placed signs reading “wet” near the scene.

Cecil police said they are still investigating.

Dave Smith October 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Terrible loss for the Cook family. In 30 years of driving I don't recall roads becoming this slick in rain. Has anyone investigated the root cause of the slippery roads? I seriously doubt this many accidents are all related to driver error.
Amanda Gillooly October 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Dave, I want to see if I can ask some questions about that in a separate story, but the storm got in the way today. Stay tuned!
Lynne October 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM
in order to save $$$...penndot...stone chips roads...when the stones wear away, you're left with the greasy goo underneath that was used to adhere the stones...hence slippery roads when wet...
Amanda Gillooly October 30, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Lynn, a source suggested I ask about the materials used on that stretch of road—I will be sure to.
Lynne October 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM
think you'll get an honest answer?? same kind of accidents happened on muse bishop road?? liability issue here!!
Me November 01, 2012 at 06:39 PM
What is our State Rep Jesse White doing about this problem? A person lost their life.
Amanda Gillooly November 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Me, do you have his number or want it?

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