Police release more details on Emlenton Bridge crashes

From staff reports

Clarion state police released information on the initial nine-vehicle pileup crash that occurred Thursday morning along the Emlenton Bridge.

Police said William Maury, 26, of Allentown, was driving west on I-80 when he lost control of his vehicle at about 6 a.m. due to the icy roadway.

Police said Maury’s 2017 Chevrolet Colorado stuck the bridge’s abutment and spun out of control across the bridge’s right lane as eight vehicles behind Maury tried to brake but began to slide on the icy road.

Police said the various vehicles either crashed into the rear of another vehicle or struck a barrier along the bridge. All nine vehicles came to a stop across both lanes of I-80.

Police said Maury and a separate driver, Kevin Dewitt, 49, of Trout Run, both received minor injuries and were transported to Clarion Hospital by Clarion Hospital EMS.

Police said Jack Overbeck, 55, of Brockway, and Jeremiah George, 44, of Muncy, received minor injuries but were not reported as being transported to a hospital. Eight other drivers and passengers were not injured, police said.

Police said a three-vehicle crash then also occurred about a quarter-mile from the initial 9-vehicle pileup as the vehicles began to slow down. None of the three drivers were injured, police said.

About 90 minutes later a Clintonville volunteer firefighter setting up road flares along I-80 was struck and seriously injured by a dump truck about two miles from the initial crashes, police said.

Both lanes of I-80 were closed for about five hours in the Emlenton area after Thursday’s crashes.