A man and a woman were in critical condition following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 99 late Sunday afternoon.
Ken Knepp, 44, and Delaine Hernandez, 46, both of Lock Haven, were taken by ambulance to the Altoona Trauma Center for treatment after a 4:30 p.m. crash near the Plank Road exit.
Police said Knepp, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe in the southbound lane, was not looking at the roadway and quickly came up on the back of a 2008 Toyota Camry. Knepp then swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the car, but the Tahoe's right front corner struck the Camry's left side.
Mirror photo by Amanda Gabeletto
State police troopers investigate the scene of a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 99 near the Plank Road exit. The vehicle in the background flipped three to four times, scattering debris and glass along the northbound lanes.
The Tahoe then spun counter clockwise and then crossed into the median, where it began rolling over numerous times while crossing the northbound lanes, police said. A plastic bag filled with children's colorful toys was among the glass and debris scattered across the northbound lanes leading up to the Tahoe sitting upright along a hillside with its front passenger-side smashed.
Knepp and Hernandez were ejected on to the roadway, police said.
A 17-month old baby boy, who was properly restrained in a child seat, was not injured, police said. Nurses at the hospital were caring for the boy until family arrived to get him, a trooper at the scene said. A dog in the vehicle was also ejected, but not injured, police said.
The driver of the Camry, Marcel Centra, 63, of Cumberland, Md., was uninjured, police said.
A hospital spokeswoman said at about 9 p.m. Sunday evening that Knepp had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Hernandez had not been admitted to a room yet and no further information was available on the woman, she said.
State police and its forensic services unit remained on the scene for hours after the crash while reconstructing what happened.
Emergency officials closed a portion of Interstate 99 northbound and re-routed traffic. A small section of the southbound lanes near the Plank Road exit were reduced to a single lane.
Allegheny Township and Duncansville firefighters and Blair County fire police also responded to the scene.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.