One driver hurt in three-vehicle crash

LOCK HAVEN — One driver suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the 300 block of Susquehanna Avenue. Lock Haven City Police investigated the crash, which involved am empty school bus, a pick up truck and a tanker truck.

Police said the bus was driven by Michael Leiphart, of North Bend, who was southbound on Susquehanna Avenue when a northbound pickup truck driven by Jennifer R. Hilty of Lock Haven, crossed the center line and sideswiped the bus.

The third vehicle involved, a 2006 Kenworth Tank Truck, was driven by Kevin Barns of Pleasant Gap, and was travelling behind the school bus, police said.

Hilty told police she had a sinus infection and began to sneeze, causing her to travel into the other lane and and sideswipe the bus. After impact, Hilty said she had no control of her truck and was unable to stop. Her vehicle slid out of control and struck the tank truck on the driver side rear tire. Hilty complained of pain in her neck and leg and was taken by private vehicle to Lock Haven Hospital, police said. Neither of the other two drivers were injured, police said.

Hilty’s vehicle had severe front end damage and driver side damage, and was towed by Hillside Towing. The bus had severe driver side damage and the two driver side tires were shredded. It was towed by Susquehanna Transit Co., the firm which owns the bus. And the tank truck had severe damage to its rear axle and was towed by Eagle Valley Towing, according to police.

Susquehanna Avenue was closed until the wreckage was cleared from the roadway. Traffic was detoured through Hanna Park in both directions. Police said Hilty will be cited for roadways laned for traffic.