Driver hurt in crash near Jersey Shore


For The Express

JERSEY SHORE – A Lock Haven woman was injured Wednesday afternoon when she lost control of her car and it rolled over, trapping her inside.

Janice McLaughlin, 63, of Lock Haven was traveling south on Route 220 about 200 yards from the Thomas Street exit when she lost control of her silver Toyota Camry about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

Witnesses reported McLaughlin was in the passing lane and, while trying to get back into the righthand lane, evidently realized she was too close to the car in front of her. She jerked the wheel back but lost control, and the vehicle entered the grass divider, rolled over and ended upside-down in the northbound lane of Route 220, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Officer Marlin Angelo.

Rescue crews from both Jersey Shore fire companies had to tear the driver’s door off to free the woman.

Traffic on Route 220 was diverted onto the Main and Thomas streets exits for about 45 minutes while crews worked to free the victim and clear the wreckage from the road.

Jersey Shore EMS transported the driver to Jersey Shore Hospital for treatment.

Police on scene said McLaughlin was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.