Route 147 reopened after clean-up from fatal accident
NORTHUMBERLAND - Route 147 near here reopened to traffic at 1:30 p.m. after being closed for nearly 12 hours to allow cleanup from a fatal accident. A 32-year-old man New York tractor-trailer driver was killed in the fiery accident, which involved two rigs and occurred at 12:57 a.m. near Mertz Meats, approximately three miles north of Northumberland.
Point Township police said the victim, whose identity will be released pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:57 a.m. accident by Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley.
The accident occurred in a work zone, and clean-up and a survey of damage and possible needed repairs to the road were necessary before the highway could be reopened, PennDOT reported earlier.
Thursday night In Halifax Township, Dauphin County, a 45-year-old Dalmatia man and a 60-year-old Halifax man were killed in a head-on collision at the intersection of Route 147 and MccLellan Road.
Joe F. Wingert Jr., of Dalmatia, and David Blair Troutman, of Halifax, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 8:40 p.m. accident by a Dauphin County coroner.
Melonie Ann Wingert, 42, of Dalmatia, and three other passengers in Wingert's 2005 Ford Explorer, who are all juveniles, suffered unknown injuries. The juveniles' identities were not released by police because of their age. The four passengers were transported to Hershey Medical Center, police said.
Melonie Wingert was listed in fair condition this morning, a hospital spokeswoman reported.
State police at Lykens reported Troutman was driving a Suzuki Vitara south on Route 147 when he crossed a double yellow line into the northbound lane and struck Wingert's Explorer head-on. Both vehicles, which sustained major damage, came to rest in the northbound lane.
Police said alcohol was a factor in the accident. An investigation is continuing.