Route 31 reopens after crash in Murray

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – A 1993 Ford Escort was damaged after a crash this morning in Murray. Frank Kania IV, 18, was the driver and escaped serious injury.

MURRAY – A section of Route 31 in Murray that was closed for about 10 hours reopened about 8:30 p.m. today.

Route 31 was closed between Hulberton and Lake roads after a crash about 10:30 a.m.

Frank Kania IV, 18, was the sole occupant while operating a 1993 Ford Escort travelling south on Hulberton Road.  Kania failed to yield right-of-way and entered the intersection into the path of the east bound tractor-trailer truck, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Kania was hospitalized following the accident, but firefighters on the scene said he wasn’t seriously injured.

The truck driver tried to avoid Kania, was able to completely avoid striking the car. Following the collision, the truck ran off the north side of the roadway into a ditch, struck a utility pole, and over-turned on its side.

A truck hauling produce lies on its side in the front lawn of Roy and Marlene Kenyon at 16305 Route 31.