Amish boy dies in crash

BELLEVILLE – A 13-year-old Amish boy is dead and an 8-year-old boy is severely injured after a crash involving their wooden wagon and a pick-up truck Tuesday near Belleville, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown.

Police said Jonathan L. Staley, 19, of Belleville, was driving a 1992 Ford F150 south on Waynesburg Road around 3:38 p.m. As he crested a hill, Staley saw the boys coasting down the hill in the wagon and they began to drift from the left side of the road across his line of travel to the right side of the road, according to the report.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Glen Hetrick said Staley told police he honked his horn when he saw the children. According to the report, Staley quickly applied the brakes but was unable to avoid hitting the wagon. The impact caused both boys to be ejected from the wagon, which became wedged between the truck and a nearby utility pole, according to the report.

Police said the 13-year-old boy suffered major injuries and was transported via Big Valley Ambulance to Lewistown Hospital where he died of his injuries. The 8-year-old boy was flown via Life Lion helicopter to Hershey Medical Center for treatment of major injuries. A nursing supervisor at the facility was unable to give a condition update on the boy, as police have not released his name to The Sentinel for verification.

The report states Staley was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries in the crash. The pick-up truck was towed from the scene by Houtz Towing. Police were assisted at the scene by Big Valley EMS, Belleville Fire Company, Allensville Fire Company, Fame EMS and Belleville Fire Police.