4 hurt in crash on Route 61 in Coal Township
COAL TOWNSHIP - Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Route 61 near Ranshaw shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday.
A white Chevrolet Blazer driven by David Ratzlaff, 60, of Shamokin RD, was traveling north in the passing lane when, to avoid a vehicle that was stopped to make a left turn into Ranshaw, he swerved into the oncoming lane. His Blazer traveled into the path of a gray Chevrolet Malibu driven south by Howard Splitt Sr., of Mount Carmel. The front of Splitt's car struck the passenger side of the Blazer, according to Josh Wynn and Matthew Hashuga of the Coal Township Police Department.
Ratzlaff's wife, Marilyn, 60, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the jaws of life. Splitt was traveling with his elderly mother, Hazle Rooney.
All four occupants were transported to the hospital by ambulance.
David Ratzlaff was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, while his wife Marilyn was discharged, a nursing supervisor reported at 6 p.m.
At that time, Rooney was being transferred to Geisinger's Danville location from Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. A nursing supervisor reported that Rooney was still being treated as of 8:20 p.m.
There was no update available for Splitt.
PennDOT closed the southbound lane as the scene was cleaned up, with fire police directing traffic. The lane reopened by 3:50 p.m.
In addition to Coal Township Police, responding to the scene were Area Services, Shamokin Fire Rescue 190, Elysburg Ambulance, Brady and Coal Township East End fire companies and Trevorton Community Ambulance.
The Blazer was removed from the scene by Zlocki Body Works of Marion Heights, while the Malibu was removed by Anthracite Towing and Recovery.