Drivers, passenger in crash identified

Both women injured in Thursday’s violent head-on collision in the 200 block of Montgomery Street near the Montgomery-Clinton Township line were admitted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, in critical condition, according to a nursing supervisor.

Alyssa Holmes, 29, of Watsontown, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu when her car and a 2005 Freightliner garbage truck collided after the truck driver, Tyler Comstock, 33, also of Watsontown, crossed the center line and entered Holmes lane of traffic about 4 p.m., state police said.

Holmes was flown to Geisinger while a front-seat passenger in her car, Kerry Bauer, 20, of Williamsport, was taken to the same medical facility in an ambulance. Both have been admitted to the trauma center’s intensive care unit.

Two girls also riding in the vehicle, ages 7 and 9, were treated at area hospitals for minor injuries, police said.

Following the collision, the garbage truck, which was heading into Montgomery, plowed into a utility pole that was severed. The truck also struck an above-ground gas line that was ruptured in the crash.

“There was a lot of screeching of ties and then a loud bang when the truck hit the pole,” a 35-year-old motorist who witnessed the crash. He declined to give his name.

Holmes was briefly pinned inside the wreckage of her car until firefighters were able to remove the river’s door.

Comstock was not injured in the crash, which remains under investigation, police said.