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Saturday, March 19, 2011

3 Injured In Crash On Rt. 46 Thursday Afternoon

One adult and 2 juveniles were transported to area hospitals after a student transport van collided with the rear of a tractor trailer on Route 46 at 3:08 pm, on Thursday afternoon, just south of Colegrove Brook Road in Norwich Township.

James L. Baldwin, 52, of Bradford, PA, driver of the 2001 Chevrolet Astro School Van, was transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center by ambulance for a minor injury.

The two juvenile students, 10 year old and a 16 year old boys, were transported by Emporium ambulance to Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys. State Police reported their injuries were of unknown severity, however a parent sent a comment to our earlier story stating that the boys suffered no broken bones.

The crash occurred as the school transport van was traveling south on Rt. 46, and had just negotiated a slight right curve, when it came up on a 2000 International tractor trailer driven by Justin J. Lorch, 31, of Avella, PA, that had just pulled out onto Rt. 46 from the Colegrove Brook Road.

Baldwin failed to realize the slow speed of the tractor trailer and was unable to slow the van in time to avoid a collision. The van impacted the right rear corner of the semi-trailer with it's driver side front end. The van came to rest in the middle of the road facing in a westerly direction. The tractor trailer came to rest in it's traffic lane facing south.

Lorch was not injured in the crash.

Baldwin's van suffered disabling damage to it's front end. The tractor trailer was not damaged.

Baldwin will be cited for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Norwich Township and Smethport Fire Departments assisted at the scene. Fire Police closed the road for a time at intersections north and south of the crash scene.


Anonymous said...

just thank god everyone is ok

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Wonder if all the facts are correct. My daughter and I were in an accident in October 2010 and this blog stated she would be cited for driving at an unsafe speed. Funny thing she was not cited because she wasn't even going the speed limit. No apolgies were ever issued from this blog for the misinformation printed.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

We are always ready to correct any inaccuracies in any report we publish here. Please email with any needed corrections. We do our very best to get the information correct, but mistakes do happen and we want to fix them, but you have to email me, I have no idea who you are when you reply through comments.

Anonymous said...

i thought the same thing..the truck pulled out in front of the van.around a how could he slow down.if it was a sarp curve and the truck was pulling out.the truck should of waited for go by..

Anonymous said...

if you looked at the bradford pa papper it was a bollhorst van

Anonymous said...

who care,s if it was a bollhorst van.the could of happen to anybody
but thank god every one it all right(nancy)

Anonymous said...

10:02 It was on a curve there was no traffic in sight when the truck started to pull out. Maybe the van driver should of been going a little slower. Don't be so quick to blame the truck driver.

Anonymous said...

it was the truck driver he pulled out in traffic of you must be a friend of the truck driver
post Monday, March 21, 2011 2:15:00 PM EDT is right thank god no one was killed..