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1 seriously injured in 3-vehicle crash

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Friday on Nittany Valley Drive near Deitrich Road in Walker Township.
Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Friday on Nittany Valley Drive near Deitrich Road in Walker Township. For the CDT

Two men were injured, one seriously, in a three-vehicle crash, according to state police at Rockview.

Sam M. Harman, 20, of Hazleton, was driving a Toyota Camry at about 3 p.m. Friday on Nittany Valley Drive near Deitrich Road in Walker Township. He was traveling behind Michael J. Cease, 21, of Boiling Springs. Cease was driving a Ford Focus.

Cease slowed down in the northbound lane due to traffic, according to police, and Harman’s vehicle hit the rear of Cease’s car. The impact caused Cease’s Ford Focus to be pushed into the southbound lane of traffic.

Donald W. Strickler, 86, of Howard, was traveling in the southbound lane at the time of the crash and driving a Toyota Camry. Strickler’s vehicle hit Cease’s vehicle on the passenger side, causing severe damage. Cease’s vehicle came to a rest about 20 feet from the second impact.

Cease was flown to UPMC Altoona for head trauma, and Strickler was taken by Bellefonte EMS to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Harman, who police said was not traveling at a safe speed, was not injured in the crash.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Walker Township Fire Company responded to the scene.

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