Woman in critical condition following crash
ALBANY TOWNSHIP - A Monroeton woman was listed in critical condition at a local hospital after the car she was driving struck an oncoming water tanker truck Wednesday on U.S. Route 220 in Albany Township, state police said.
The accident occurred at 10:13 a.m., as 21-year-old Jessica L. Chilson was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am sedan north on Route 220 and Robert L. McMahan of Sunbury, Pa., was driving a tractor-trailer type water tanker truck south on Route 220, police said.
Chilson, who was traveling at a "really high rate of speed," lost control of her vehicle, which traveled into the southbound lane and struck the tanker truck, said Sgt. Warner of the state police at Towanda.
Chilson's car struck the tanker truck near one of its rear wheels, he said.
Chilson was unconscious at the scene and was transported by emergency medical helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, police said. Chilson was listed in critical condition at the hospital Wednesday night, a hospital spokesman said.
A 25-month-old girl in the back seat of Chilson's car was transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda, where she was treated and released, police said.
The toddler seemed to be "in pretty good condition," Warner said.
McMahan, 41, suffered a minor injury to his knee, but did not seek medical treatment at the time, police said.
Chilson's vehicle was totaled. Its front axle, with the wheels still attached, came to rest over 50 feet away from the body of the car.
The tanker truck was marked "Fresh Water Only" on its side.
Lettering on the truck indicates that it belongs to or is leased by Heckmann Water Resources (CVR Inc.)
Route 220 was shut down for several hours, and detours were used.
Chilson will be cited for careless driving, state police said.
James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.