Police release details on serious Miola Road crash last month

From staff reports

Clarion state police have issued a press release about a serious crash in Highland Township that occurred nearly a month ago and resulted in two Clarion men being flown to Pittsburgh hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

Police said the one-vehicle crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m. June 18 on Miola Road.

A vehicle driven by Skylar A. Rhoades, 20, of Clarion, was headed south on Miola Road and Rhoades wasn’t able to negotiate a curve in the roadway, police said.

The vehicle, a Chevy Monte Carlo, crossed the double yellow line and proceeded into the oncoming lane of travel, then exited the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, according to police.

The vehicle then struck a brick building on Miola Road and traveled through the wall of the building before coming to rest, police said.

Police did not identify the building in the press release, but reports have indicated the structure is occupied by a business.

Rhoades was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of his injuries, and back seat passenger Cole A. Stutzman, 19, of Clarion, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh for treatment, according to police.

Tyler E. Schmader, 20, of Clarion, a passenger in the front seat, was transported to Clarion Hospital for treatment, police said.

Police said in the release the injuries suffered by all three men were of “unknown severity.”

The state police crash reconstruction unit and forensic services unit were utilized at the scene, and Farmington and Clarion volunteer firefighters assisted, police said.


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