Woman killed in Tioga County, Pa. crash
A Columbia Crossroads man wasn't injured in a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Lock Haven woman at 1:25 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of routes 2005 and 2022 in Covington, Putnam Township, Tioga County, Pa., said state police at Mansfield.
Drivers involved in the accident were Barry K. Smith, 39, of Columbia Crossroads, who wasn't injured, and Diane M. McKinley, 51, of Renovo, who had an injury of unknown severity, said police. A front passenger in McKinley's vehicle, Mildred L. Barnard, 74, of Lock Haven, was killed.
Police said the accident occurred as McKinley's Honda Civic was stopped in the northbound lane of state Route 2005 at the intersection, waiting for opposing traffic to clear before making a left turn onto state Route 2022, when it was struck in the rear by the front of Smith's 2000 International tanker truck, owned by Van-White Inc. of Troy. It had minor damage, and the Civic was severely damaged. Smith's vehicle was also traveling north on state Route 2005, said police.
Police said both vehicles became entangled due to the force of the impact, with Smith's vehicle pushing McKinley's vehicle forward into the northbound lane for about 100 feet before both came to rest in the northbound lane facing north.
Both McKinley and Barnard were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, where Barnard was pronounced dead by Dr. Laura Rice, police said. A 5-year-old juvenile rear passenger in McKinley's vehicle had an injury of unknown severity and was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, police said.
An investigation is continuing, and the crash is being reconstructed by a state police crash analysis reconstructionist. The Blossburg and Mansfield fire departments assisted.
Covington is about 22 miles from Troy.