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Multi-Vehicle Crash Tragically Kills 1, Injures Dozens of Tour Bus Passengers in Pennsylvania


One person is dead and several tour bus passengers remain in the hospital, following a horrific, multi-vehicle collision in central Pennsylvania last Friday.

Tour Bus Was on its Way to Pennsylvania’s Amish Country

The October 19th crash occurred at roughly 2:00 p.m. along Route 147, just outside of Montandon, in Northumberland County.

A pickup truck heading north on 147 crossed the center line and side-swiped another vehicle.

The truck then collided with a DATTCO tour bus on its way to Pennsylvania’s Amish Country with 38 passengers aboard.

The impact of the crash ripped open the front-left side of the bus and sent the vehicle up onto a berm along the west-side of the highway.

The pickup finally stopped some 20-feet off the road.

Pickup Driver Died of Blunt-Force Trauma

The pickup truck driver, a 32-year-old man from Sunbury, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His cause of death is listed as multiple-blunt-force trauma.

All those aboard the tour bus, including its 70-year-old driver, were taken to local hospitals.

Three seriously injured people were admitted to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. As of Sunday, two were listed in critical condition and a the third was listed as fair.

A fourth crash victim was admitted to Lewisburg’s Evangelical Community Hospital, and is currently listed in good condition.

The remaining passengers were treated for minor injuries and later released.

Passengers Heard “Screech of Tires,” Felt Like Bus Had Hit “Concrete Wall”

Most of those aboard the DATTCO bus were residents of Australia or New Zealand who had embarked on a tour of the United States on October 10th.

The vehicle was outfitted with seatbelts, but it’s not clear how many passengers were using them.

“It’s a very comfortable bus, a very pleasant ride and then all of a sudden we heard the screech of tires and it felt like we hit a concrete wall,” one passenger told the Sunbury-based Daily Item.

“We both always make it a point to wear seat belts,” his wife added. “Still, the impact … We were forced into the seats in front of us.”

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