Driver killed in crash Passenger suffered major injuries in single-vehicle crash
A one car accident on James Street in Sheshequin Township claimed the life of one individual Friday morning and left another seriously injured.
The driver of the vehicle, Alan D. Vanderpool, 33, of Rome was pronounced dead at the scene by Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman. The lone passenger, Joseph P. Neely, 24, of Wysox was transported via helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital with major injuries, police said.
Neely was reported to be in fair condition as of Friday night at Robert Packer Hospital.
According to police, the crash occurred as the vehicle, a gold-colored 2004 Nissan Maxima, traveled south on James Street at a "high rate of speed" was traveling on right curve. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the northbound travel lane and then slid back across the southbound lane and left the roadway. At that time, the vehicle rolled over numerous times in a farm field, ejecting both occupants.
Vanderpool and Neely were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident, police said.
The vehicle came to rest on its roof in a field approximately 50 yards east of state Route 1041 (James Street) and about a mile south of State Route 1022 (Ghent Hill Road).
PennDOT was on scene for approximately three hours for traffic control purposes, as James Street was closed until 1:45 p.m..
State police were assisted on scene by Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Association, North Towanda Fire Department, Ulster EMS, Memorial EMS, and Guthrie Air.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.