3 injured in Rush Township crash south of Philipsburg

Three people were injured in a car crash Thursday afternoon on U.S. Route 322 south of Philipsburg in Rush Township.

The road was closed in both directions at about 1:30 p.m. after a car with three occupants slammed into a tree. Two were taken by helicopter and one by ambulance to hospitals.

State police at the scene said three women from the Harrisburg area were in the car. At least one of the women was listed in critical condition by paramedics at the scene, according to police.

Police later identified the driver as an 18-year-old woman, but did not provide her name. They released no additional information on the other occupants.

All three were trapped in the car when rescue crews arrived.

The vehicle was traveling north toward Philipsburg when the car left the roadway and hit a tree head-on outside a residence. A state police accident reconstructionist was called to the scene. Police did not immediately provide more information.

Police said it was unclear Wednesday why the vehicle left the roadway. An investigation into the crash will continue, they said.

The road had reopened near 3 p.m., but traffic remained slow heading toward Philipsburg.