Girl who survived double-fatal accident in N. Towanda still in critical condition
A Dushore girl remained in critical condition on Monday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, six days after she was injured in a motor vehicle accident in North Towanda Township that claimed the lives of her father and another man.
Audrey Halbfoerster of Dushore, who is a patient in Geisinger Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit, was listed in critical condition Monday, a spokesperson for the hospital said.
Halbfoerster is the daughter of 44-year-old Scott R. Halbfoerster of Dushore, who was driving one of the two vehicles that were involved in the accident.
The accident occurred at 10:21 a.m., when Scott Halbfoerster was driving a Saturn SUV south on Route 220 and John Ambrosone of Hammondsport, N.Y., was driving a Subaru SUV north on Route 220.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the accident occurred when Scott Halbfoerster tried to pass a vehicle in front of him.
Scott Halbfoerster's SUV crossed the double yellow lines into the northbound lane and struck Ambrosone's SUV head on.
Scott Halbfoerster and Ambrosone, 65, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Audrey Halbfoerster, who was a passenger in the front seat of Scott Halbfoerster's vehicle, was transported after the accident by emergency medical helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center.
The accident occurred on the bridge that carries Route 220 over U.S. Route 6.
Scott Halbfoerster's father, 80-year-old Robert Clifford Halbfoerster of Forks Township, passed away the day before the accident.
No further information about the accident was available from the state police on Monday evening.
James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.