Jackson Center man killed in Mercer County head-on crash

The crash happened about 7:20 a.m. Thursday on Route 62, near Bestwick Rd.

MERCER, Pa. (WYTV) – Pennsylvania State Police identified the person killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Route 62 as 50-year-old Charles Weekes, of Jackson Center.

Weekes was killed Thursday in the East Lackawannock Township crash, which happened about 7:20 a.m. on Route 62 near Bestwick Road.

The accident involved five vehicles, including an ambulance.

PSP said 83-year-old Maynard Ackerman, of New Wilmington, was driving eastbound on 62 when he went left of center and hit the Elite EMS ambulance, driven by 44-year-old Lisa Engles, of Clintonville, Pennsylvania.

Ackerman’s car was hit again by an SUV driven by 30-year-old Samantha Moon, of Hermitage, according to an accident report.

A witness said the ambulance initially swerved to avoid hitting Ackerman’s car, ended up on two wheels, and then careened into the path of two other cars.

The ambulance continued traveling downhill and hit the cars driven by 55-year-old Peter Rimkus, of Sharon, as well as Weekes’ car, PSP said.

A helicopter took Weekes to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, where he later died from his injuries.

PSP said Ackerman and his passenger, 36-year-old Dennis Weber, of West Middlesex, suffered minor injuries. Engles suffered a serious injury, while the ambulance’s passenger, 31-year-old Ashley Ivan, of Farrell, suffered minor injuries.

Both lanes of Route 62 were closed for several hours from the intersection with Skyline Drive to Bestwick Road as crews worked to clear the accident. The road reopened just before 2 p.m.

Multi-vehicle crash in Mercer County.

Several injured in Mercer County accident on Route 62.

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