Teen killed in head-on crash with tractor-trailer truck in Point Township
NORTHUMBERLAND - One person was killed in a head-on crash between a pickup truck and a tractor trailer late Wednesday morning in Point Township.
Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley said Ryan Showers, 19, of Northumberland, was driving the pick-up, a 1997 Ford F-150, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:37 p.m.
The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was accidental. Assisting Kelley at the scene were Chief Deputy Coroner James R. Gotlob and Deputy Coroner Barry J. Leisenring.
The driver of the other vehicle, a Volvo tractor-trailer, was not identified by police in a release sent at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
According to police, the Ford was traveling south on Route 147 at 11:29 a.m. when it, for an unknown reason, veered across the center turn lane and continued into the path of the tractor-trailer that was traveling north.
After the two vehicles collided, the F-150 came to rest in the middle of the highway while the tractor-trailer continued out of control for a short distance and came to rest against a nearby home, tearing the front porch from the house.
Witnesses told police both vehicles seemed to be traveling close to the speed limit for the road, 45 MPH. Witnesses also said the tractor-trailer operator applied his brakes and attempted to avoid the pickup truck, but the F-150 did not swerve.
Multiple airbags were deployed in the Ford, but the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. Police did not say if the driver of the tractor trailer was injured.
The roadway was closed for approximately five hours, and motorists were detoured using routes 11, 15 and 45. PennDOT officials said one lane in each direction was opened at about 5 p.m., but the northbound lane remained closed to allow hazardous materials cleanup crews to work on a diesel fuel spill from the tractor-trailer.