ONE OF THE VEHICLES INVOLVED IN THE ROUTE 15 CRASH THAT CRITICALLY INJURED 3 AND INJURED 3 OTHERS
These three photographs are of one of the vehicles involved in the 5 vehicle accident that occurred on Wednesday afternoon, August 3, 2016, in the southbound lanes of Route 15. The accident was caused when a vehicle stopped as another accident was unfolding in the northbound lane, where FNN was told that a camper being towed by a truck wrecked and rolled over.
State Police in Mansfield released a report regarding only the five-vehicle crash, where six individuals were injured, three of them were reported in critical condition when they were flown out.
According to Mansfield State Police,, Keith Bryson was traveling South on Route 15 in a 2006 Freightliner service truck when he approached stopped traffic from a previous collision on the northbound lanes. Bryson's vehicle struck the rear-end of a 2008 Honda Civic being operated by Michael McCollum, causing that vehicle to be pushed into the back of a 2006 Ford Taurus being operated by Andrew Puhlick.
Puhlick had Harold Whipple traveling with him as a front seat passenger. Puhlick's Taurus was then pushed into the rear-end of a 2016 Chevrolet Express van being operated by Tim Miller, who had Dominick Carnevale as a front seat passenger. Miller's van ended up crushed into the back of a Wabash enclosed semi-trailer that was being pulled by a 2007 Volvo truck tractor driven by Grigoriy Vorobey.
It was confirmed to FNN that two individuals were trapped in the crashed and it took firefighters some time to cut the men out of the vehicles. Three helicopters landed at the crash site and each flew a patient out to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
The three men flown out were reported as Andrew Puhlick, the driver of the Taurus; Harold Whipple, a passenger in the Taurus; and Michael McCollum, the driver of the Civic. All three men were said to have suffered life-threatening injuries. As of Thursday, August 4, 2016, all three men were still in critical condition, according to a Guthrie spokesperson.
Keith Bryson, Tim Miller and Dominick Carnevale were all transported to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center for their injuries. While Vorobey, the operator of the Volvo truck tractor, was not transported for any injuries.
State police did not provide ages or addresses for anyone involved in the crash and state police are still investigating this incident.
Blossburg fire personnel were on scene for nearly 7 hours as they assisted with the crash scene and stayed on scene as state police worked on the accident reconstruction.
According to PennDot both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 15 between the Sebring Exit and the Blossburg Exit were closed for several hours afterward. A detour was set up shortly after the accident as traffic directed to the Bloss Mountain Road (Route 2005). According to PennDOT, the northbound lanes opened around 7:30PM. The southbound lanes were said to be open by 10:30PM.
Blossburg FD, Blossburg Borough Police, Liberty FD, Morris FD, Mansfield State Police, Lycoming County EMS and Western Alliance, along with crews from Life Flight 4, Life Flight 1 and Guthrie Air helicopters assisted at the scene.