Driver facing charges after rollover on Interstate 70

January 6, 2013

State police said a Scenery Hill man is facing charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stay in his traffic lane stemming from a one-vehicle crash just before 6 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 70 east in South Strabane Township.

Police said 52-year-old Anthony Severns was driving just east of the south junction with Interstate 79 at a high speed. The headlights on his Mitsubishi Eclipse were not turned on, police added.

Witnesses told police he was driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic. At one point, he drove between two tractor-trailers to pass them, police said.

Police said his car left the road and hit the concrete Jersey barrier. Severns tried to regain control of his car by steering back onto the highway. His car then rolled over twice. Severns was ejected through the back window. His car came to rest, blocking the highway, about 200 feet from where it initially hit the barrier. Severns was found lying in the middle of the road about 15 feet from his car.

Severns was flown from the scene to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday night he was no longer listed as a patient. State police described his injuries as minor.

Assisting at the scene were South Strabane Township firefighters and personnel from Washington Ambulance and Chair.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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