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Fatal Crash on Route 220

By Staff | Sep 29, 2009


A fatal crash occurred on Route 220 in Wolf Township between Wolf Run Road and Rabbittown Road on Friday morning around 10:45 a.m. when two vehicles collided into each other.

Marilyn J. Williams Stiffler, 65, of 19 Richard Ave., Hughesville was killed instantly when her 2004 Chevrolet Ventura van crashed into a 2003 Mercury Sable driven by Wayne Summers, 73, of Unityville. Genevieve Leech, who was a passenger in the Mercury was also killed. Summers was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by a medical helicopter and he is listed in critical condition according to police reports.

Stiffler was east bound when her vehicle swerved for some unknown reason and struck Summers head on according to a witness.

The crash took place west of Highland Drive and traffic was re-directed at Beacon Light Road to Ellis Artley Road and Lime Bluff Road from the west, and from Wolf Run Road to Rabbittown Road from the east for over three hours until the vehicles were cleared from the highway. Trooper Daniel Young who arrived at the scene said there were no skid marks and the two vehicles came to rest almost where they impacted.

Hughesville, Muncy Township, Picture Rocks and Lairdsville fire companies arrived at the scene. Authorities said Leech was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Michael Hess, Safety Press Officer from PennDot and also a resident of Hughesville said that there have been five fatalities on this stretch of Route 220 in the last ten years. Last year a young woman was killed heading east. She also was not wearing a seat belt. In 2004 two motorcycles and another vehicle collided. The driver of one of the motorcycles was killed. This accident was DUI related said Hess, but the automobile was not at fault. Another death that was alcohol related occurred in 2001 when a victim from Bradford County crashed off the road near the curved section just past the Old Barn Center. Three crosses can be seen along the highway where these accidents happened.

“Most of these accidents could have been prevented if the drivers had driven according to traffic conditions,” announced Hess. “That is, buckle up, drive safe and drive sober,” he concluded.