By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
— SUNBURY —A Sunbury man is in critical condition one day after his SUV careened off Mile Hill Road and down a steep 20-foot embankment, knocking over trees until it crashed and twisted around a large tree trunk.
Stanley G. Newberry, 72, of Sunbury, was rescued by a combination of fire and rescue personnel from Upper Augusta Township and Sunbury. He was conscious and appeared to be speaking to medical personnel.
The accident occurred at 6:07 p.m. when an unknown person called 911 and reported the accident. This person said the driver’s vehicle was wrapped around a tree, and he was yelling for help.
Making the situation more dire was the weather. Rain was turning into sleet, making footing precarious for the rescuers.
Because of the position of the SUV, the amount of damage and its location, it took firefighters about 40 minutes to get Newberry out of his vehicle.
They literally had to cut open the entire SUV, not just the roof, to get to the driver. When they did, they set up a ladder and dropped it down the hill.
Newberry was immobilized and put on a stretcher. Then several rescuers had to slide down a treacherous, leaf- and mud-covered hill to help slide the stretcher up to the road using the ladder as a rail.
The road was closed for more than 90 minutes.