State College police release details of U.S. Route 322 crash

State College police on Friday released details of the Oct. 17 crash on U.S. Route 322 near Mountain View Country Club, including the names of the three drivers involved in the accident that closed the road for several hours.

According to police, a Jeep driven by Brian Hinz, 39, of Lapeer, Mich., was traveling east in traffic when he approached slowed traffic on the other side of a hill. Hinz suddenly slowed, shifted in the lane to avoid a collision, lost control of his vehicle and slid into the oncoming lane of travel.

Hinz struck the rear driver’s side wheel head of a tractor-trailer driven by Victor Goncalves, 55, of Lorain, Ohio, police said. Hinz spun into the axle of the trailer, which separated the body of the Jeep from the chassis and ejected him to the north side of the roadway. Hinz confirmed this during an interview at the scene, police said.

From the collision, the rear axle sheared from the trailer, causing it to swing into the eastbound lane, police said. Witnesses said the axle went airborne over one sedan and landed on a Dodge Neon driven by Brian Sward, 49, of Lewistown, causing entrapment.

No current condition on the drivers was available, police said.