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Benton man killed in wreck

By Staff | Nov 25, 2014

UNITYVILLE – A Columbia County man was killed last Thursday night when his pickup truck went airborne and over a 50-foot embankment at Route 118 and North Woods Road in Jordan Township, according to state police.

Danny L. Allen, 44, of Benton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from his 2001 Ford truck as it struck a cluster of trees in the 7:50 p.m. crash, police said.

Allen was traveling east on Route 118 when his truck crossed the centerline and sideswiped a westbound tractor-trailer truck. His vehicle then went airborne and over the embankment.

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. pronounced Allen dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries. Allen landed about 15 feet from his vehicle.

The driver of the tractor-trailer truck, who was not identified, was not injured, police said.

Traffic was detoured around the crash for about four hours as crews worked to remove the wreckage.