Driver killed in I-79 rollover crash

June 27, 2013
Emergency officials tend to the scene of a fatal accident in North Strabane Township Thursday night. - Mike Jones / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

CANONSBURG – A motorist died Thursday night in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 when his pickup truck left the highway and rolled over near the Canonsburg exit.

Dakota Nairn Houy, 19, of Carnegie, died at the scene of the crash about 6:05 p.m., said Washington County Coroner Tim Warco.

The driver, who was the only person in the truck, was traveling north just past the Canonsburg on-ramp in North Strabane Township when he failed to make the turn and his vehicle skidded off the roadway and traveled onto the grassy shoulder.

The truck rolled over when it drove up a slight embankment and appeared to clip an exit sign for the Southpointe interchange.

The crash closed one northbound lane while state police investigated and the wreckage was removed from the shoulder of the road.

Investigators could not immediately say why the truck left the roadway or whether the driver suffered a medical emergency.

Warco said an autopsy is planned for today. State police are investigating.

North Strabane firefighters and Canonsburg Ambulance Service assisted state police at the scene.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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