James City man critically injured in Route 66 accident

Staff Writer

A James City man was critically injured Thursday afternoon when his vehicle left Route 66 at Ten Commandments in Wetmore Township and struck a utility pole.
State Police Trooper Timothy Mix, who investigated the accident, identified the driver as Scott Gatewood, 40, of James City.
Emergycare Ambulance of Kane transported the victim to the helipad at Kane Community Hospital. A Mercy Flight helicopter transported Gatewood to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)-Altoona hospital.
Police said the victim sustained "unknown major injuries." A hospital spokesman said Thursday evening that Gatewood is in the intensive care unit (ICU) and is listed in "critical" condition.
Police said a red 1996 Jeep driven by Gatewood was traveling south on Route 66 when it "failed to navigate a right-hand turn." Police said the vehicle traveled across the northbound lane and struck a utility pole in front of a residence on the east side of the highway.
According to police, the "operator was ejected" from the vehicle even though he was wearing a lap and shoulder belt.
The impact of the crash virtually wiped out the driver's side of the vehicle. The accident site is 279 feet north of the Gelsick's Collision shop on Route 66, State Police said.
Police said the vehicle sustained "major damage" and was towed from the scene by Zook Motors of Kane.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the 1:14 p.m. accident. Fire Chief Tim Holt said 18 volunteer firemen responded to the call.
Kane Fire Police detoured traffic over Old Mill Road to the Highland Road. Fire Police then directed large truck traffic over Hemlock Avenue to Route 321.
The Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to stop northbound traffic on Route 66 at the top of James City hill. Traffic was detoured over Lamont Road to the Highland Road.
West Penn Power responded to the scene to replace the shattered utility pole. Some area residents were without electricity while the pole was being replaced.

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