Driver 'serious'

BEAR GAP - One person was injured Saturday in a crash on Route 54 in Ralpho Township.

Reports from the scene indicate Cheryl Tammey was driving a Chevy Aveo about 10 a.m. near Bear Gap Road when her vehicle left the highway and sideswiped several small trees before coming to rest in a thicket.

She was taken by Elysburg Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and was listed in serious condition by a nursing supervisor.

Ralpho Township Police Chief Stu Appel was investigating the crash. Attempts to contact Appel for more information were unsuccessful.

Car strikes tree

PAXINOS - Two Shamokin residents suffered minor injuries Saturday after the vehicle in which they were traveling struck a tree along Route 61 in Shamokin Township.

Trooper Daniel Wilk, state police at Stonington, said Jennifer Leonard, 43, was driving north about 1:40 p.m. when her car crossed into the oncoming lane and off the road, where it struck the tree with its left front.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Nathan Leonard, 40.

Assisting at the scene were Elysburg Ambulance and Stonington Fire Company.

Major injury

FRACKVILLE - A 27-year-old Shamokin woman suffered what state police described as major injuries in a Saturday morning crash in Schuylkill County.

Trooper Michael Allar, state police at Frackville, said in a public information release that Renee Austerberry was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero north in the passing lane of Route 61 about 10:05 a.m. As she was about halfway up the Frackville grade, her vehicle drifted off the road and onto the slush-covered shoulder, causing it to slide down a dirt embankment and land in a deep, rocky drainage ditch.

Emergency responders extricated her from the vehicle. She was flown by Med-Evac helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where a nursing supervisor said she was in serious condition late Saturday afternoon.

She was not wearing a seat belt.

Allar said Route 61 was clear of snow at the time of the crash.

Austerberry will be charged for driving with a DUI-suspended license, driving without insurance, failing to wear a seat belt and failing to drive in a lane of travel.

The vehicle's owner, Leroy Lebo Jr., of Shamokin, will be charged for allowing Austerberry to drive his vehicle with a suspended license.

Still critical

DANVILLE - Two people injured in area crashes last week remain in critical condition.

Hazel Rooney was a passenger who was injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on Route 61 near Walmart in Coal Township. Three others hurt in the crash were treated and released from Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Glenn Meredith, 52, of Mount Carmel, remains at Geisinger after being injured when he drove head-on into an oncoming sport-utility vehicle Monday on Route 54 on Natalie Mountain near Strong.

Two passengers in the SUV were killed - Charles D. Carl, 92, and Ronald E. Matejick, 76, both of Gordon. Its driver, Tina Alexander, 40, of Gordon, was released from the hospital Thursday. All three were related.

Vehicles collide

SEVEN POINTS - Two vehicles collided on a snow-covered Captain Bloom Road Friday in Rockefeller Township.

Trooper Marc Yemzow, state police at Stonington, said in a public information release that Joshua M. Jurewicz, 24, of Sunbury, was driving a 2001 Jeep Cherokee east near Klein Road about 5:15 p.m. when his vehicle spun out ahead of another eastbound vehicle, causing a collision with a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by James C. Radel, 49, of Sunbury.

Yemzow said both men were wearing seat belts. Both complained of pain, but refused treatment at the scene.

Hit and run

TREVORTON - State police at Stonington say an 18-year-old Trevorton man faces multiple vehicle code violations stemming from a hit-and-run crash Friday on West Coal Street.

Trooper Marc Yemzow said in a public information release that Michael S. Lorenz was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram at 5:45 p.m. near Seventh Street when he drove into a parked and unattended 1992 Chevrolet S-10 owned by Timothy F. Lebo, of Trevorton.

Lorenz fled the scene without stopping, Yemzow said. He was not injured.

The trooper said the road was snow-covered at the time. He did not indicate what citations would be filed.

Culvert crash

ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP - A 39-year-old Shamokin woman escaped injury after crashing into a culvert on a snowy Route 890 on Friday.

Trooper Todd Leiby, state police at Stonington, said in a public information release that Heather L. Comoss was driving a 2003 GMC Envoy south about 4:45 p.m. when her vehicle spun into a culvert and was disabled.

She was wearing a seat belt, and will be cited for a speeding violation, Leiby said.