Benner Pike crash injures Bellefonte man

A Bellefonte man sustained “serious life-threatening injuries” in a crash near Rockview state prison early Friday.

State police at Rockview say the 26-year-old driver of a 2013 Nissan Versa was on Benner Pike near Warden Drive when the single-vehicle incident occurred.

It was between 2-2:30 a.m., police say, when the driver, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, “for unknown reasons traveled off the roadway at what appears to be a high rate of speed, striking a utility pole.”

The car then rolled several times, traveling about 100 feet, ejecting the driver before finally coming to a stop.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to UPMC Altoona by medical helicopter. A condition report was unavailable at 2:30 p.m.

The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

As of 6 a.m., police said Benner Pike was closed from the Interstate 99 southbound interchange to Shiloh Road, but was expected to be reopened around 8 a.m.

By 9 a.m., PennDOT said that the road was temporarily opened but would be restricted again as electrical repairs were made, but Todd Meyers of First Energy later said that would not be necessary. The pole damage did not affect service and replacing the pole did not require closing the road.