Nanty Glo man said to be racing
before area crash in which three died

Letter No. 274 | November 28, 2001

The November 21 edition of the Ebensburg Mountainer-Herald reported that three Ebensburg-area men suffered fatal injuries in a two-vehicle accident on the evening of Nov.13 along Route 219, not far from the Route 422 intersection west of Ebensburg.

The three victims are a 65-year-old man, who the police believe was driving, and his two passengers, ages 51 and 52. According to police, the 65-year-old is believed to have been traveling 100 mph when his pickup truck struck a guiderail, went airborne and slammed into the ground, ejecting all three men, none of whom was wearing a seatbelt. The posted speed limit is 65 mph.

It was reported that the pickup truck was drag racing with a 1968 Ford, operated by a 27-year-old Nanty Glo man with two male passengers. They escaped serious injury.

The Cambria County Coroner reportedly said the three who died had been drinking prior to the accident. The coroner stated the two drivers were drag racing when their vehicles came in contact as one or both drivers attempted to slow for a vehicle ahead.

Local police indicated they would wait for results of a blood alcohol test and a State Police accident report before determining to charge the Nanty Glo driver.

The newspaper reported the names of victims as follows: The 65-year-old was Con E. Novak of Ebensburg. The 52- year-old was George H. Hollingsworth of Ebensburg. The 51-year-old was Walter Stohon of Ebensburg. The 27-year-old driver of the 1968 Ford was Eric Buynack of Nanty Glo, with passengers Randle Passanita, Jr., and Daniel Seese, both of Ebensburg.



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