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Bellefonte man dies in 2-vehicle crash on 322 that closed highway for hours

A crash on U.S. Route 322 eastbound near the State College exit on Sept. 12 led to the death of a Bellefonte man.  A Boalsburg woman was charged Wednesday with a third-degree felony count of homicide by vehicle.
A crash on U.S. Route 322 eastbound near the State College exit on Sept. 12 led to the death of a Bellefonte man. A Boalsburg woman was charged Wednesday with a third-degree felony count of homicide by vehicle. Centre Daily Times, file

A Bellefonte man was killed Wednesday morning after a head-on collision on U.S. Route 322.

According to State College police, the crash occurred at about 7:45 a.m. between the College Avenue and Elmwood Street overpasses. An initial investigation found that a 19-year-old woman from Williamsport was traveling westbound on 322 when she lost control of her Chevrolet Malibu.

The vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic on the eastbound lanes and struck a Ford Focus. The vehicle was driven by Robert Bloom, 47, of Bellefonte. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release.

Bloom’s 15-year-old son was the passenger in the vehicle and was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu suffered minor injuries and also went to the hospital.

The crash is under investigation, and alcohol or drugs are not thought to be factors at this time, police said.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the State College Police Department at 234-7150, by email or submit an anonymous tip through its website.

According to PennDOT press officer Marla Fannin, both lanes eastbound and both lanes westbound were closed for several hours.

By 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, all lanes on 322 in the area have been reopened, according to 511pa.com.

State College police, Alpha Fire Company and Centre LifeLink EMS responded to the scene.

A previous version of this article said there was another crash on U.S. Route 322 westbound. The above article reflects the correct information.

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