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Seneca Valley Students Heading to School Injured in Car Accident

A 17-year-old and three others are taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A Seneca Valley student and his three teen passengers were injured during a collision Thursday morning on Route 19 near Tollgate Road in Jackson Township.

said the 17-year-old from Cranberry was driving north on Route 19 at about 7 a.m. when he collided with a Ford Taurus driven by James Bucek, 53, of Cranberry.

Officer Zeke Reed said Bucek was turning left from Gudekunst Road north onto Route 19 when he collided with the Honda Prelude driven by the teen. Bucek was not injured, Reed said.

Authorities are still determining the cause of the accident. Reed said it was not a head-on collision.

“It was more of a sideswipe,” he said.

The 17-year-old, who police are not identifying, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, Reed said.

Seneca Valley spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said all four male students, who are juniors at Seneca Valley High School, were treated at UMPC Passavant for minor injuries.  

"I believe most of them already have been released," she said.

Andreassi said the injuries consisted of bumps, bruises and scrapes. The students were on their way to class when the accident occurred, she said.

High school principal Mark Korcinsky immediately got in touch with the parents of the injured students after learning about it through the district's school resources officer, Andreassi said. 

"He was able to confirm through the families that the boys are fine," she said.

Police continue to investigate the collision. Check back with Cranberry Patch for updates to this story.

Stella Neely September 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
What's the PA Law concerning how many people a teenager can have in the vehicle nowadays? Just asking, not sure anymore.
John September 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
@Stella, I was actually wondering that myself.
Darius McKenzie September 14, 2012 at 08:55 PM
@stella and john I have my pa drivers manual right here. It says something along the lines of a person driving on there joinior license can carry one passenger who is under 18 who is not in their immediate family for the first 6 months then that limit is raised to 3. Hope I helped.. I'm learning to drive myself so this was a big eye opener
Jessica Sinichak September 14, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Thanks, Darius! I'm going to ask PennDOT as well
renee piroth September 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
My son and 2 nephews were in that car accident.and my son is suffering one major injury. They all had seat belts on and I do call the principal that morning to let the district know kids were fine and was being released.
Orange Chic December 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I would like to know what the average rate of car accidents per year is involving Seneca Valley student drivers in and around the campus? It has always seemed to me poor judgement by the school district to allow juniors ( recently licensed drivers) to get parking permits to drive to school...not to mention the overly large amount of student parking passes that are given out (sold) each year. Is it only about the money brought in for those passes? I think the number of accidents would decrease if the number of student drivers was also decreased!

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