Crash claims life of 1 on Route 220

AVIS – Debris in the roadway is the suspected cause of a fatal crash that claimed the life of a man on Route 220 Saturday evening.

The single-vehicle crash, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. between the Avis and McElhattan exits, was witnessed by Pine Creek Township police Chief Dave Winkleman, who happened to be driving on the northbound side of Route 220 at the time, according to Pine Creek Independent Volunteer Fire Co. Deputy Chief Ken Leitch.

“There was a chair in the middle of the road, and apparently (the driver) swerved to avoid it,” Leitch said.

The driver then lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times before sliding down an embankment and coming to a stop Leitch said.

The driver, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police and the county coroner’s office were on the scene but were not available for comment.