One-Year-Old Dies After Mina Accident

MINA – A 1-year-old boy has died in a Pittsburgh hospital from injuries sustained in an accident last week on the Southern Tier Expressway.

Achilles McBride of Westfield, Pa., died Saturday after the pickup truck he was in crashed into the back of a stopped tractor trailer on Interstate 86, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said. The accident occurred Wednesday at 12:47 a.m.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Dale Legg, 52, of Medina, Ohio, had stopped on the interstate in the eastbound lane due to poor visibility. Legg was not injured in the accident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said Matthew McBride, who was driving the pickup truck, did not see the stopped tractor trailer when the accident occurred. Matthew McBride was treated and released from Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.

Esmeraldo McBride, also a passenger in the pickup truck, was taken to Hamot and later transferred to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh where she remains.

Police said Achilles McBride also was taken to Hamot, and was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh where he died of his injuries.

No charges have been filed, the Sheriff’s Office said. Firefighters from Sherman, Findley Lake and Ashville responded to the scene.

Wednesday’s fatal accident is the second in more than a month on 1-86 between the Findley Lake and Sherman exits. A Pennsylvania man on Jan. 17 died after the box truck he was driving in the town of Mina slammed into a tractor trailer that had stopped due to a jackknifed truck in front of him.

Milton F. Pertl, 63, of Girard, Pa., was pronounced dead at the scene by Chautauqua County Coroner John Sixbey. Sheriff’s deputies attributed unsafe speed and slippery road conditions as causes for the early morning accident.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, meanwhile, called last week’s incident a terrible tragedy. He noted the Southern Tier Expressway has been the site of numerous accidents – many fatal.

“It’s a horrible tragedy. It’s very unfortunate,” Gerace said. “Winter weather can create hazardous conditions. It’s very heartbreaking when it involves a child.”