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2 taken to hospital in Wednesday crash

Sentinel photo by BRIAN COX
A minivan rests along the side of the road on U.S. 22/522 in Granville Township after being involved in a crash that sheared a utility pole and brought down power lines Wednesday morning just west of Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — Two people were transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital Wednesday morning after a one-vehicle crash in Granville Township that sheared a utility pole along U.S. 22/522 and caused a lengthy closure of the highway.

Granville Township Police Department Chief Craig Weston said a Chrysler Town & Country minivan was traveling east/north (toward Lewistown) on U.S. 22/522 at approximately 8:40 a.m. Wednesday just west of Lewistown when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and struck a utility pole, shearing it in the process. Downed power lines came to rest on top of the vehicle as well.

The driver and only passenger in the vehicle were transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital via Fame EMS with unknown injuries.

Police have not yet publicly identified either person in the van.

Another driver who was following the minivan struck the downed power lines, but that driver was not injured and was able to drive his vehicle from the scene.

Penelec was dispatched to the scene to make repairs to the pole and power lines, which caused U.S. 22/522 to be closed for several hours in the area. Traffic was diverted around the scene using Caldwell Hill Road during the closure.

West Granville Fire Co., McVeytown Fire Co. and local fire police also assisted on scene.

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