Two elderly women killed in head-on collision near Ralston

Trained experts in accident reconstruction work the deadly scene. PHILIP A. HOLMES/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 here, 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, 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 later.

These vehicles from the Lycoming County Coroner's Office were used to transport the bodies of the two victims from the scene to the Forensic Center at UPMC Williamsport. PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette

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, taking photos and measurements.

Both trucks were demolished by the collision.

Loyalsock Township volunteer firefighter had to use 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.

Loyalsock Township volunteer firefighters were among the fire companies at the scene Tuesday. PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette

Extrication tools from Loyalsock's rescue truck were needed to free the bodies of the two fatal crash victims from the wreckage. PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette

A PennDOT employee takes measurements at Tuesday's fatal crash scene on Route 14. PennDOT sends their own team to investigate fatal accidents that occur on state roads. PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette

Ralston's rescue was one of the first on the scene. PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)

Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today