Crash claims life of Canton student 'Our thoughts and prayers go out,' says Canton superintendent
CANTON - The Canton Area School District was mourning the loss of one of its students who died in a two-vehicle accident on Route 14 Friday morning.
The crash injured three people in the other vehicle.
The accident, which occurred in Canton Township, claimed the life of Brandon McNett, a senior at Canton Area Junior-Senior High School.
When asked for comment by the Daily Review, district superintendent Matt Gordon issued a statement.
"At 7:50 a.m. this morning, one of our Canton seniors, Brandon McNett, was fatally injured in a two-vehicle car accident on Route 14, just below the BLaST building in Canton Township," Gordon stated.
"The high school principal, Mr. Craig Coleman, met with the Senior Class to inform them of the passing of their classmate," Gordon stated. "The district has grief counselors from North Western Human Services, members of the Canton ministerial group, and our own staff providing emotional first aid and grief counseling today at the school. We will continue to provide counseling for students and staff through this grieving process for as long as it is needed."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brandon's family and to the injured driver and passengers of the other vehicle.
State police at Towanda issued a news release but did not identify the victims.
Police said a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Canton male was traveling south on Route 14, when the driver lost control and crossed into the northbound lane, colliding with another vehicle and resulting in disabling damage to both vehicles.
Police said the 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, and the operator of the other vehicle, a 44-year-old Roaring Branch woman, and her two passengers, a 9-year-old Roaring branch girl and a 7-year-old Roaring Branch boy, were transported to Williamsport General Hospital.
Gordon said that McNett was enrolled at the Northern Tier Career Center in Building Construction.
Tom Hojnowski, who teaches at the high school, said McNett "was a good student, outstanding participator in class, and well liked by his classmates and teachers. He was a pleasure to have in class and will be tremendously missed."
The Canton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Canton Fire J. Scott May identified the operator of the other vehicle as Teresa Allen.
He said her vehicle came to rest in the northbound lane and the other vehicle came to rest off the edge of the northbound lane.
Western Alliance and Memorial Alliance also responded.
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