Friends, neighbors come together for blast victims
PATTON – A man critically injured in an explosion outside his Clearfield Township home Tuesday morning is recovering from a skull fracture and other injuries, according to his friends and family.
William Shaner, 44, was hospitalized Tuesday after an explosion leveled his home. Shaner and his teenage son were inside the residence and were injured in the blast.
Police said Bradley Gene Kollar, 40, of Hastings detonated an explosive device outside of Shaner’s home at 882 Kepshire Road, Patton, shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Kollar specifically targeted the Shaner residence in what police are calling an attempted criminal homicide.
In an update posted to her public Facebook profile Wednesday morning, Linda Shaner said her husband suffered a skull fracture in the explosion.
Shaner underwent surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his wife said.
Her teenage son was treated for cuts and lacerations and released.
The family’s pets, including dogs, cats and a snake, have not been found, she wrote.
“I just want to say thank you for all of you who have had good thoughts and prayers and support and anything you have done for us,” Linda Shaner wrote. “Words, thoughts, actions can not express enough for you all.”
“It’s going to be [a] long road but we will make it through, there is too many on our side!”
Linda Shaner could not be reached for additional comment.
Friends and neighbors of the Shaner family are working to help the family recover.
Michelle Wacker, who works with Linda Shaner’s mother, Anna, said she was shocked to hear of the devastation Tuesday morning.
“We couldn’t really believe it,” Wacker said. “Nobody could figure out what caused such an explosion.”
Wacker set up a fund to collect monetary donations for the Shaner family. Donations can be made to the Shaner fund at any First National Bank, Wacker said.
Clothing, food and other supplies needed by the family can be donated by contacting Wacker at 288-9252.
The family lost everything, Wacker said.
The Shaner children are staying with relatives in the area, Wacker said, and Linda Shaner is still in Pittsburgh with her husband.
A benefit dinner and fundraiser to support the Shaner family is being organized, Wacker said.
Investigators reopened Kepshire Road and released the property to the family about 4 p.m. Wednesday, state police confirmed.
Police did not disclose any new information about the blast or type of explosive used, pending results from a laboratory analysis from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“Any blast debris that has been recovered from the scene will be sent to the ATF lab for analysis,” said Steve Bartholomew, a Philadelphia-based public information officer for ATF.
The early morning explosion leveled the Shaner’s two-story home. The coroner ruled Kollar’s death a suicide, and investigators are treating the case as an attempted criminal homicide.
Police have yet to release a possible motive behind the attack.