Passenger seriously injured after car splits in half in Harrison Twp. crash

A 78-year-old passenger suffered life-threatening injuries Monday in a crash that split one car in half and sent three adults and a baby to area hospitals.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2003 Pontiac Sunfire driven by a 70-year-old woman was headed south on Salem Avenue about 11:15 a.m., trying to turn left onto West Siebenthaler Avenue. Her car was struck by a red 2000 Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 19-year-old woman headed north on Salem Avenue, according to a release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pontiac rotated and split open, and the Nissan flipped onto its top and skidded to a top, deputies said.

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Both drivers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

A 1-year-old child riding in the Nissan was not injured, but was taken to a local hospital to be checked.

A 78-year-old man riding in the Pontiac had serious, life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

Deputies closed the intersection for the crash investigation.

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