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Police Release Names of Fatal Crash Victims, 4-Year-Old Also Injured

by on August 09, 2012 5:33 PM

Updated at 10:20 a.m.

Pennsylvania State Police have identified the two people killed and released the age, 4 years old, of the child injured in a crash on I-99 Thursday afternoon. 

David Williams, of State College, and Sarah Johnson, of Bellefonte, died when Williams lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons, Pennsylvania State Police at Rockview said. He traveled across the grass median and into the North-bound lane, where his vehicle, a 1999 Dodge pickup, struck Johnson's 2006 Volkswagon sedan head-on.

The collision caused both vehicles to flip several times before landing on the side of the road, police said.

A  child who sustained moderate injuries was in Johnson's car, police said. No further identifying information could be released about the child. 

Earlier on Aug. 9

A two-vehicle crash on I-99 killed two people and seriously injured at least one Thursday afternoon near exit 76. 

The crash happened around 2 p.m. and closed a traffic lane near the Shiloh Road and Innovation Park interchanges, but the road was reopened shortly before 6 p.m.Alpha Fire Company Assistant Chief Shawn Kauffman told The Centre Daily Times said the lane will remain closed for several hours and at least one person was life-flighted from the scene.

Police have not identified the victims pending next of kin. One vehicle flipped on its roof and the other was tipped on the driver's side, the underside facing the other car, the CDT reported, and emergency repsonders were on the scene, including Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers, Pleasant Gap Fire Company and Mount Nittany Medical Center. 

Pennsylvania State Police at Rockview said police will release more information as it is available. Emergency responders were still on the scene around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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