State College man critical after 1-99 crash in Blair Co.

A State College man is in critical condition after a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 99 in Blair County early this morning.

State police say Hamilton Taylor Woodruff, 23, of 1510 Elizabeth Road, was driving a Chevrolet Avalance south on I-99 when he drifted into the grass median near the Mountain Road exit in Freedom Township.

The vehicle’s front end hit a mound in the median between the northbound and southbound bridges, and then traveled south over a 45-foot retaining wall.

The front end and roof then hit Mountain Road, as the car rolled onto its right wheels and stopped on Mountain Road, police said.

Woodruff had to be extricated from the car by Freedom Township firefighters, and Hollidaysburg Ambulance took him to Altoona Regional Hospital’s trauma unit where he is in critical condition, police said.

The crash happened around 6:10 a.m. this morning.

The family requested that police release that the Woodruff’s German Shepard, names Apollo, was with him and the time of the crash, and was last seen running from the scene along Mountain Road.

Anyone with information, or who has seen the dog is asked to call state police at Hollidaysburg at 696-6100, and ask for Trooper Benton.

Sara Ganim can be reached at 231-4616.