Area crashes result in injuries

Volunteer firefighters in the northern part of county had a very busy Friday night handling two crashes that resulted in serious injuries.

The first accident involved a pickup truck that overturned on Route 14, one mile north of Ralston, about 9:15 p.m., trapping the female driver in the wreckage for about 10 minutes.

Firefighters from Ralston and Hepburn Township extricated the driver through the front windshield and loaded her into an ambulance that took her to a nearby landing zone, where she was placed onto a helicopter and flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Her identity and medical condition were not available Saturday night.

About an hour after the first crash, a customized Ford Bronco in which two men and three children were riding struck an embankment and overturned on Little Gap Drive near Route 973 West, about 2 miles west of Quiggleville.

The driver, David Meisel, 47, of 485 Little Gap Drive, Cogan Station, stopped and thought he had put the Bronco in park, but it was actually in neutral, Old Lycoming Township police said they were told. He then lost control of the vehicle.

Critically injured was passenger Dale Soules, 59, of Williamsport, who was admitted to the intensive care unit at Geisinger. Meisel was expected to seek treatment on his own at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, police said. The children were not injured.

Hepburn Township and Old Lycoming Township firefighters responded to the accident, but due to the remoteness of the crash site, the only way to get Soules to an ambulance was to use an all-terrain vehicle, which drove a quarter mile to reach the injured man.

After he was loaded into a basket and placed in the back of the ATV, Soules was driven to a staging area, where an ambulance was waiting to take him to a nearby landing zone, from which a helicopter flew him to Geisinger.

In an earlier crash on Friday near Montoursville, charges were pending against a 30-year-old Wyalusing, Bradford County, man after his Pontiac Aztek struck a utility pole on Route 87, 3 miles north of the borough, just before 4 p.m., state police said.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was not injured nor were the two children riding in the vehicle.

At a later date, the man will be charged with illegal drug possession, recklessly endangering and harassment for allegedly getting combative with an emergency responder who was trying to help him, police said.

The driver also could be charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance pending the results of blood tests, a patrol supervisor said Saturday.

In one of two crashes on Saturday, one person was injured in an ATV accident in the 2600 block of Highland Lake Road in Shrewsbury Township about 6:45 p.m.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

No injuries reported in a two-car crash at East Penn and South Washington streets in Muncy about 8 p.m.