The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 28, 2011

3 injured in Route 54 accident

DANVILLE — A three-vehicle collision on Route 54 in Valley Township sent three people to the hospital Monday afternoon.

At around 4:30 p.m., a black Ford pickup occupied by two 16-year-old girls tried to cross Route 54 from Valley Road to McCracken Road and struck a green Ford Freestyle driven by Tammy L. Bausinger, 42, of Watsontown, according to state police at Milton.

Bausinger was traveling north on Route 54, police said.

A black Suzuki XL7 driven by Jesse Kline, of Danville, was stopped at the intersection and also became involved in the crash.

Kline said the Freestyle had the right of way at the time and was heading down Route 54 “at full speed.” Kline could not back up at the time because another car was behind him. Kline’s wife, Maryellen, 64, was in the passenger seat of the car. When Kline saw the pickup truck approaching the intersection, he said he told his wife, “Hang on, I think we’re gonna get hit.”

The Klines had no visible injuries and were able to walk following the accident, but said they were going to get checked at Geisinger Medical Center.

Police said the passenger in the pickup was partially ejected through the passenger side window during the impact. The girls in the pickup were not wearing safety restraints.

Drivers of both vehicles and the passenger in the pickup were taken to Geisinger with minor to moderate injuries, according to Valley Township Fire Chief Mike Kull.

Bausinger was cut, said Kline, but he believed it was an injury she got from her airbag inflating.

After hitting the Freestyle, the pickup stopped a grassy area in front of the Shell gas station on McCracken Road.

One lane of Route 54 was temporarily closed off to allow room for ambulances, Kull said. Danville Ambulance, Valley Township Fire Department, Danville Fire Police, Liberty Township Fire Company and state police all responded to the accident.

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