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Two county workers suffered minor injuries, and dozens of cars were damaged, after a section of roadway leading into the Friendship Ridge parking lot sunk.

The incident occurred back on June 26th after a section of roadway had been cut out to make room for a pipeline being installed by Sunoco Pipeline LP. Sunoco had purchased the rights to install its pipeline through the county owned property for $75,000. The pipeline will be used to transport natural gas byproducts when completed.

As part of Sunoco Pipeline’s project, an approximately 2 foot-wide section of roadway leading into Friendship Ridge was cut out so the line could be installed. The road was patched, but officials say the repair eventually began to sink. What was originally reported as a small dip in the road at 11pm at night, turned into an estimated 1.5 foot deep ditch by 5am when the next shift of Friendship Ridge workers began to arrive.

Several employees of Friendship Ridge allege that Sam Rosatone, head of security for the facility, was notified about the problem but did not take immediate action to close the roadway.

A total of thirty-four vehicles reportedly sustained various levels of damage as car after car drove into, and then out of, the ditch. One of those vehicles is estimated to have over $4,000 in damages alone. Two county employees have since filed workers’ comp claims; one woman reportedly knocked her head off of the steering wheel as the front of her car fell into the ditch.

County Solicitor Joseph Askar told the Beaver Countian that Sunoco’s insurance carrier, Traveler’s Insurance, has established a hotline for county employees who suffered injuries or damage to their vehicles.

Sam Rosatone could not be reached for comment.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Dj
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Dj

Ah, Sammy….

Nancy O'Leary
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Nancy O'Leary

wow

Juliana Wind
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Juliana Wind

How many people drove through the same “ditch” and got hurt? What kind of people do that one after another like that? I feel bad for them, but really??

Paula Bloor Camp
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Paula Bloor Camp

Juliana – Did you read ALL of the details in the article? Those mainly affected were employees leaving work between 11pm and 5am. It was dark and probably difficult to see the ditch.

Kathy Tuskan Windhorst
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Kathy Tuskan Windhorst

I think it´s a shame that those folks got hurt, but why did´nt they warn each other? I would have called my friends and let them know about it. Still, it´s not right that the security did not respond and close that entry…there is another.