BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — On Wednesday afternoon, PennDOT officials confirmed a multi-vehicle crash in Buffalo Township, Perry County.
PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler said an SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 11/15 near Cherry Road.
“The SUV pulled in front of the truck. So people should not assume that it was the truck’s fault. We all know they can’t stop immediately,” Schreffler said.
Andrew Buck lives in the area. He was gardening in a nearby yard when he heard the collision.
“I look up and the trailer is wobbling back and forth, going with the back wheels up on one side and then on the other side and then it came plunging through the bank down over the edge and into the creek,” Buck said.
Pennsylvania State Police said four people were in the SUV. Two adults and two children were involved in the crash. One of the adults and one child was ejected from the vehicle.
Buck said the child was thrown all the way off of the roadway and out of sight.
“Then a truck driver noticed a shoe and was able to do some more searching and then he called the EMTs over to her,” Buck said.
Both adults and that child were airlifted to the hospital by medical helicopters.
Buck and other witnesses rushed to the creek to try to help the truck driver.
“I went down into the creek thinking the driver wasn’t going to survive because the cab was so mangled,” Buck said. “But he was crawling out. I only saw a cut on a hand and a bruised cheek.”
The other child and the truck driver were also taken to a hospital.
The truck was carrying powdered milk. When it flipped into Hunters Run Creek, it started spilling that milk and some of its fuel into the water.
“The concerns are obviously environmental. So we had to call out for HAZMAT,” Schreffler said. “That water not only affecting that area but also eventually ends up in the Susquehanna.”