Two people were taken to hospitals Friday night after a state Game Commission vehicle responding to an incident crashed into a small dump truck that was turning off state Route 150 in Howard Township, state police said.
The crash happened around 5:25 p.m. as both vehicles were heading north and the Game Commission officer, in a Chevrolet Tahoe, went to pass the dump truck, a Ford F-350. However, the driver of the dump truck made a left turn onto Swartz Hollow Road, and the Tahoe hit the side of the dump truck.
The dump truck flipped onto its side and the Game Commission officer became trapped inside his vehicle, police said. The Game Commission vehicle had its emergency lights on at the time of the crash, police said.
Police did not release the identities of either driver, but police said the Game Commission officer was taken by a helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, where he was in stable condition later on Friday.
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The dump truck driver was taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center, police said.
Police said the Game Commission officer was passing in a no-passing zone but was permitted to do so because the vehicle’s emergency lights were on. The incident he was responding to was not known by police.
Police couldn’t say whether they would issue any citations for the crash because it was still under investigation.
Howard Fire Department and Bellefonte EMS assisted at the crash.