The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 14, 2012

Four high school students involved in 'serious and severe' crash near New Berlin

NEW BERLIN - Four Shikellamy High School students traveling in a car to the Sun Area Technical School in New Berlin were injured this morning when their vehicle veered out of control on Route 304, hit an embankment and overturned.

The names of the students have not yet been released. Emergency personnel at the scene just east of New Berlin said three students were taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and another was transported to Evangelical Community Hospital near Lewisburg.

A state police spokesman said late this morning that the crash was "serious and severe." It appears that speed played a role in the crash,  police said.

The four students were in a car driving west on Route 304, toward New Berlin. According to witnesses and emergency personnel at the scene, the car attempted to pass other vehicles on the two-lane road, then swerved back into the westbound lane as an eastbound vehicle approached.

Their car swerved out of of control, left the road, struck the embankment and overturned, according to witness accounts.

One student in the car was ejected and three others were trapped in wreckage, witnesses said.

Two medical helicopters from Geisinger Medical Center arrived at the crash scene but did not transport any victims.

A portion of Route 304 is expected to remain closed into the afternoon hours.

The accident scene is just east of Arrowhead Lane, about one mile east of New Berlin in Limestone Township.

Traffic is being detoured; from the west, to New Berlin Mountain Road or Route 204, and from the east, cars are being detoured to Little Mexico Road. Trucks will be detoured to Route 15 and Furnace Road, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation reports.

More information will be posted as it becomes available,.

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