Woman dies in Indiana County crash Tuesday morning

Indiana County, Center Township, Pa. – A White Township woman was killed on SR 56 East Tuesday morning after the vehicle she was riding in crossed into the westbound lanes striking an empty coal truck.

State Police said Lisa Jean Cooper, of Rustic Lodge Road struck a dump truck head-on driven by Robin W. Smith, age 57 of New Florence. The incident occurred just before 10:30 am near the intersection of SR 954 and SR 56 in Center Township.

Indiana PSP Tpr. Greenfield said a reconstruction crew was called to the scene forcing the closure of SR 56 for many hours. Tpr. Greenfield said the tri-axle truck was not loaded at the time of the incident.

Firefighters from Homer City and surrounding communities provided traffic control and assistance to motorists while the roadway was blocked to through traffic.