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Route 310 crash kills Penfield woman, injures teen girl


McCalmont Township, PA – A Penfield woman was killed and a teen girl is left with serious injuries after their car struck a tractor-trailer on Route 310 in Jefferson County.

38-year-old Tammy Jo Courteau from Penfield had been driving her Kia Forte around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday on Route 310, just south of Graffis Avenue, in McCalmont Township (between Punxsutawney and Reynoldsville).

As she was driving downhill on a curve, Courteau’s Kia crossed completely over into the opposite lane, striking a Peterbilt tractor-trailer head-on.

Courteau was pronounced dead at the scene. She had not been wearing a seat belt.

Her passenger, a 13-year-old girl, was flown to UPMC Altoona for serious injuries. She had been wearing her seat belt.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 54-year-old Charles Kennedy from Brockway, had minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

Route 310 was closed for a few hours Thursday afternoon as fire crews, EMTs, and police responded.

See photos from Punxsutawney Volunteer Fire Department.

Photos By Larry McGuire Rembowski, Jan. 30, 2020, a 16-A Box a two vehicle fatal accident occurred on Route 310, McCalmont Township just below The Summit. A car traveled over the center line traveling south and struck a tractor-trailer truck. McCalmont Twp. Fire Company had Engine 16 and Rescue 16 on scene and they were assisted by Elk Run and Engine 30; Central’s Utility 20 and Sert 20; Lindsey’s Rescue 40; Jefferson County EMS; STAT MedEvac; Bricen and Brosius Towing. Big Run Volunteer Fire Company was on standby at Punxsutawney Central Fire Department. Reynoldsville’s Rescue 6 assisted with the landing zone and traffic control and Jefferson County Coroner Brenda Shumaker.