Springfield crash victim identified

One person is dead, another critically injured in a two-vehicle collision.  

31-year-old Nicolas Matt of Erie was deceased at the scene according to a press release from PA State Police.  This, after 51-year-old William Kolakowski of Lake City was traveling east in the westbound lanes.  

The crash was reported just after 6pm on Sunday at West Ridge and Tubbs roads in Springfield Township.  Kolakowski's utility van collided into Matt's SUV.  Matt was ejected from the vehicle, sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Lyell Cook.  Kolakowski, not wearing a seatbelt, was entrapped for several minutes.  He was freed from the wreck then taken to UPMC Hamot.  

State Police were forced to close a section of West Ridge Road for six hours while emergency crews worked on the accident.  Police are asking any witnesses of the accident to call Trooper Schimp at PSP-Girard at 814-774-9611.


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