The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 26, 2013

Route 54 crash update: Three people seriously injured

ELYSBURG – Two New York residents were listed in critical condition and one person was reported in serious condition from what witnesses described as a horrendous four-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 54.

Richard D. Shaw and his passenger Brenda Shaw were reported in critical condition at bout 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Geisinger Medical Center.

David Wolfe was listed in serious condition in Geisinger, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Judith Wolfe, a passenger in the Wolfe vehicle, was treated in Geisinger and released on Monday. A juvenile was also injured in the accident and taken to Geisinger. Ralpho Township police didn’t identify the juvenile.

People at the scene said the truck crushed the Mustang.

The police report didn’t list ages of those involved.

Police said today they were continuing to investigate the crash which occurred at about 1:30 p.m. and just north of Elysburg.

Police said a tractor-trailer operated by David P. McGuinn, of Tulip Road, Paxinos, was traveling east and struck the back of an eastbound Ford car operated by Richard Shaw of Johnson City, N.Y. The Shaw Ford Mustang crossed into the westbound lane and collided nearly head-on with a Toyota car, police said.

David Wolfe, of South Sixth Street, Shamokin, was driving the Toyota Prius that was struck in the back by a westbound pick-up truck driven by Ricardo Contreras of Hart Road, Danville.

Police said McGuinn and Contreras weren’t hurt.

The Shaws and David Wolfe had to be freed from their vehicles.

The highway was closed to traffic until about 9:25 p.m. so the accident could be reconstructed.

Assisting Ralpho Township police were state police and Elysburg, Ralpho Township, Stonington and Southside fire departments and ambulances and paramedics from the Elysburg Fire Department, Area Services and Danville Ambulance Service, Shamokin Emergency Squad, Danville Fire Police, Northumberland County Emergency Management Agency and Northridge Group.



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