By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
— ELYSBURG — One man is dead and two people sustained major injuries stemming from a head-on collision a mile west of Elysburg Sunday that shut down Route 54 for nearly six hours.
Brian Stanley, 27, of Elysburg, was killed in the crash that happened about 11:20 a.m., state police at Stonington report.
Christopher Long, 49, of Shamokin, and an unnamed 13-year-old male passenger, also from Shamokin, were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for what police described as “major injury” of unknown severity.
Long was in critical condition at Geisinger as of 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the nursing supervisor. The condition of the teen-age passenger was unavailable.
According to state police, Long was driving a 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup truck westbound in the right lane of Route 54 near High Road in Rush Township. The vehicle left its lane of travel and began to drift into the eastbound lanes of Route 54, in which Stanley was traveling eastbound in a 1990 Toyota, model not identified.
Police stated that Long’s vehicle hit Stanley’s vehicle head on; Long’s vehicle then flipped and landed on its roof in the westbound lanes of Route 54. Stanley’s vehicle landed on its passenger side in the eastbound lanes.
Both vehicles sustained disabling damage. Police stated that no one was using his seatbelt.
The resulting crash closed Route 54 between Elysburg and Riverside for nearly six hours for response and cleanup. The road reopened about 5 p.m.
The accident investigation continues.
Responding to the scene were state police at Stonington, the Elysburg Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, Overlook Fire Company, Danville Fire Department and Ambulance Services, and Geisinger’s LifeFlight helicopter.