A three vehicle collision, with entrapment, occurred on Interstate 79 on April 1st. The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. near mile marker 136 in the northbound lanes.

Authorities said a Dodge Ram operated by John Hill, 40 from Homer City, Pa, a Toyota Camry, operated by Hershey Bowers Jr., 72 from Chambersburg, Pa, and a dump truck operated by Michael Winkleman, 54 from Morgantown were in the line of cars due to a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred earlier that afternoon.

The accident occurred when Hill, the driver of the dodge ram, failed to maintain control and collided into the Camry, causing it to strike the rear end of the Peterbuilt dump truck.

Bowers was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital and was listed in serious condition following the accident according to hospital officials. Ruby Memorial Hospital released new information the following day, listing Bowers are in good condition.

The passenger in Bower’s vehicle was flown to Ruby Memorial following the accident. State Police released the name of the passenger in Bower’s car the following day as well, identifying her as Freda Bowers, 69, of Chambersburg, Pa. Neither John Hill, nor Michael Winkleman, were hurt in the collision.

I-79 was shut down in both directions near the scene, but was reopened to traffic later that evening.


by Colombo Law
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