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Multi-vehicle crash injures van driver, closes Route 322 for three hours

Emergency personnel work the scene of the crash. A crash involving four vehicles closed General Potter Highway September 30, 2015. The crash occurred Wednesday afternoon and closed U.S. Route 322 for hours.
Emergency personnel work the scene of the crash. A crash involving four vehicles closed General Potter Highway September 30, 2015. The crash occurred Wednesday afternoon and closed U.S. Route 322 for hours. CDT photo

One man was injured and flown by helicopter to UPMC Altoona on Wednesday afternoon after a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 322.

The accident closed General Potter Highway — the main thoroughfare between Centre County and Harrisburg — for nearly three hours.

According to a report from state police at Rockview, the crash occurred shortly after noon on the highway just east of Cider Press Road, in front of Greenland and Son Masonry Inc.

Police said the driver of a 2005 Pontiac Vibe was attempting to turn left from eastbound 322 into a driveway when it was struck from behind by a 2006 Ford E350 van driven by 44-year-old Jeffery Good, of Camp Hill.

The impact sent the car and the van into the westbound lane, where both vehicles collided with a Wolf Furniture tractor-trailer. A 2014 Jeep Wrangler traveling behind the semi, meanwhile, was struck by debris from the initial rear-end collision, the report said.

Good was in fair condition at the hospital in Altoona on Wednesday night, a nursing supervisor said. Police said Good would be cited for following too closely.

The driver of the Pontiac, Christine Walsh, 35, of Spring Mills, was taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said. Two children in her vehicle — ages 1 and 3 — were in child safety seats and uninjured, police said.

All of the adults in the crash wore lap and shoulder belts, the report said. Police said the driver of the semi and the driver and passenger in the Jeep were not hurt.

Afternoon bus service in the Penns Valley Area School District was delayed by the accident and road closure, the district said in an email.

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