MANSFIELD - A flagwoman was struck in a construction zone by an out-of-control Ford Focus whose elderly driver also was injured after the vehicle overturned several times before striking a tree along Route 6 at the Stokesdale Acorn Market in Delmar Township about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, state police said.
Both the driver, Ray L. Low, 78, of Gaines, and the flagwoman, Tammy L. Milroy, 47, of Trout Run, were reported in serious condition at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, a nursing supervisor said Tuesday night.
Low was eastbound and "traveled onto the south berm, where he struck Milroy while she was directing traffic" through the construction zone, Trooper Tyler Morse said.
"Due to construction, traffic was being controlled by flagmen, closing the eastbound lane," Morse said.
Low traveled into the westbound lane, where a flagwoman was displaying a properly posted stop sign, Morse explained.
"After passing the flagwoman, Low traveled back into the eastbound lane, which was closed. He then traveled off the road. The car traveled onto the south berm, striking Milroy, who was thrown several feet into shrubbery," Morse said.
The car then flipped several times before hitting a tree, the trooper added.
Wellsboro and Middlebury fire departments responded to the crash. Route 6 remained closed for nearly an hour.