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2 dead in crash near Ralston

Two women passengers riding in the pickup truck at left were killed instantly in a crash on Route 14, just outside Ralston, early Tuesday afternoon. PHILIP A. HOMES/Sun-Gazette

RALSTON — Two elderly women from Bradford County were killed instantly in a violent head-on collision that involved two pickup trucks on Route 14, about a half a mile north of Ralston, at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, state police confirmed.

The two were passengers in a northbound Toyota Tundra that crossed into the southbound lane,

colliding with a Ford F150 pickup truck, police said.

The identities of the two women, who died of blunt force trauma injuries, were expected to be released later today, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr., who responded to the scene along with Chief Deputy Coroner Jerold Ross.

One passenger was in the front seat while the other was in the back seat, officials said.

Both drivers were male and were taken by ambulances to UPMC Williamsport to be treated for unspecified injuries, police said. Their identities also were expected to be released today.

Volunteer firefighters from Ralston, Trout Run, Hepburn Township, Old Lycoming Township, Loyalsock Township and Canton responded to the crash, which shut down the two-lane state road until 5 p.m.

Volunteer fire police and the state Department of Transportation worked together in diverting traffic away from the accident.

A pair of state police accident reconstructionists and other investigators worked the scene.

Both trucks were demolished by the collision.

Loyalsock Township volunteer firefighters had to use extrication tools to free the victims’ bodies from the wreckage. From the scene, the bodies were taken to the Forensic Center at the hospital.

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