Clearville woman dies after crash

A Clearville woman died at an area hospital Saturday after she drove a car into a tree along Black Valley Road in Monroe Township, according to state police in Bedford.

Joyce L. Miller, 77, was pronounced dead at UPMC Bedford Memorial hospital, Bedford County Coroner Rusty Styer confirmed, revealing her death has been ruled accidental.

Miller was driving a 2007 Ford Taurus south at about 55 mph on Black Valley Road, when she crossed the center lines into oncoming traffic, according to a state police news release.

The vehicle continued to travel off the roadway before striking a “medium sized” tree, police said.

The driver’s side of the vehicle impacted the tree, resulting in the driver-side wheel and axle breaking away, according to police.

The car’s body caved in toward Miller, causing her to be to be struck by metal pieces, which resulted in “fatal lacerations” to her legs, police said.

After the initial impact, the car spun about 170 degrees and traveled another 31 feet on the road before coming to a complete stop, according to police, who said the car was completely destroyed.

Raystown EMS and Everett firefighters assisted at the scene.