State Police Respond to Chain Reaction Crashes in Bell Township

BELL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police say two crashes happened on Wednesday afternoon within a minute of each other in Bell Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, around 5:52 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, a crash occurred on State Route 219 around 695 feet of Johnson Road, in Bell Township, Clearfield County.

Police say a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling south on State Route 219, negotiating a right curve in the roadway, when it lost traction and attempted to brake, causing the vehicle to slide sideways into the northbound lane.

The Chevrolet then struck a 2012 Dodge RAM which was traveling north on State Route 219.

The Chevrolet came to rest facing south in the southbound lane, and the Dodge came to rest facing north in the northbound lane.

No injuries were reported at the scene, but the driver of the Chevrolet was transported by Rescue Hose and Ladder Co. Ambulance Service to DuBois Hospital for evaluation due to being pregnant.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Mahaffey Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene with traffic control.

The drivers’ names were not released.

According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, the second accident occurred around 5:53 p.m. on State Route 219 around 704 feet west of Johnson Road, in Bell Township, Clearfield County.

According to police, 37-year-old Shawn K. McCully, of Curwensville, was operating a 2014 Subaru Impreza, traveling north on State Route 219, when it encountered a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, operated by 59-year-old Shelly M. Rauckhorst of Grampian, stopped in the roadway due to a previous crash (described above) blocking the northbound lane.

Police say McCully attempted to brake but was unable to stop prior to striking Rauckhorst’s vehicle.

Both vehicles came to rest facing north in the northbound lane.

McCully and Rauckhorst were both wearing seatbelts and were not injured.


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