Train-car crash claims teen
May 15. Milton. A Milton girl was killed Monday afternoon when the car she was riding in collided with the locomotive of a southbound North Shore freight train in a driving rainstorm at the Center Street railroad crossing.
Maxine Eschbach, 17, of 123 Center St. was killed in the crash. The car, driven by a 16-year-old girl whose name was not released by police, was traveling west on Center Street at about 4:30 p.m. when it was hit by the train. Eschbach was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the car was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where she was listed in serious but stable condition Monday evening.
30 jobs, 2 schools to be lost
May 17. McClure. Midd-West has voted to close Perry, West Perry and West Beaver elementary schools in a move that will allow the district to cut 30 jobs, including support staff, teachers and custodians, and apply about $1 million toward the district’s $2 million deficit.
“The closing of the two schools ... was due to a budget gap of close to $2 million,” Wesley Knapp, Midd-West School District superintendent, said Wednesday.
The closing of each building, he said, realized an annual savings of approximately $144,000.
Bovine bears triplets
May 19. Danville. A 4-year-old Jersey cow owned by owned by a Montour County girl gave birth to triplets, the odds of which are 1 in 8 million, a veterinarian said.
Mizzy, owned by Raina Wolfe, 9, of West Hemlock Township, gave birth to three females around 5 a.m., Wednesday.
Each of the newborns are healthy and are eating and drinking.
Hospital $27M in hole
May 19. Sunbury. The for-profit Sunbury Community Hospital lost $10 million in fiscal 2011, bringing its deficit in the past four years to $27 million, according to a report released Friday.
Its operating margin — a comparison of its revenue against expenses — was minus 34 percent, the second-worst reported by a Pennsylvania hospital, according to a financial analysis issued by the Pennsylvania Health Finance Cost Containment Council.
A hospital spokesman said Sunbury Community was checking the report, adding “We have made positive advancement.”