Chief: 4 remain in hospital after Hellam Twp. crash

Sean Philip Cotter

A Monday night crash in Hellam Township left two adults and three kids hurt, according to Hellam Township Police.

By the afternoon after the crash, only one — one of the children — had been released from the hospital, said Sgt. Drew Heistand, who's serving as the department's acting chief. The other four remain in stable condition, he said.

Heistand declined to release the names of anyone involved in the crash at this point.

The acting chief said witnesses have told police a man driving a Buick sedan was driving too fast as he headed south on Cool Creek Road around 5:50 p.m. Monday.

The three occupants of a Ford Explorer all went to the hospital after a Monday night crash, as well as the driver of a Buick that crashed into it, according to police.

"He was speeding going up the hill," Heistand said witnesses told his officers.

Heistand said it appears the Buick began to drive in the right-turn-only lane as it approached the road's intersection with Mount Pisgah Road, as if the driver were going to turn west onto the other road. There's no stop sign on Cool Creek Road, but there is on Mount Pisgah Road, and another man driving a Ford Explorer was waiting to turn left at the stop sign with the three kids in his car, Heistand said.

Expecting the Buick to turn right, the Explorer's driver began to make the left turn in front of it, but the Buick's driver turned back into the main lane, going straight through the intersection and striking the Explorer hard, Heistand said.

The Buick's driver suffered likely the worst injuries of any of the five, and had to be extracted from the car by emergency personnel before he could be taken from the hospital, the acting chief said. The severity of the injuries to the other people involved were unclear.

The road remained closed hours after the crash, as the department had called in state police to do a crash reconstruction. That is protocol only when "there is a potential for fatality" — when the crash could end up resulting in someone's death, Heistand said. Authorities continue to investigate the incident, he said.

Heistand said there's a possibility the driver of the Buick could be cited when the investigation wraps up.

Hellam Township Police was assisted by Wrightsville Police and Lower Windsor Township Police, as well as Wrightsville, Hellam and Yorkana fire companies.

— Reach Sean Cotter