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Elk Co. roadway reopens after crash
By: WJAC Web Staff
RIDGWAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A busy roadway in Elk County has reopened following a several hour closure caused by a three-vehicle crash.
State police at Ridgway said the crash happened on Route 219 in Ridgway Township just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, between the top of Boot Jack Mountain and Ridgway.
Police said Robyn Scharf, 24, of Kersey, was driving south on Route 219 when she crossed into the path of a loaded tri-axle traveling north, being driven by Richard Bussard, 62, of Reynoldsville.
The force of the collision between Scharf's car and Bussard's truck caused the truck to roll on to its side and slide into the path of another car being driven by Christine Moore, 55, of Ridgway.
Scharf, Bussard and Moore were taken from the scene to Elk Regional Health Center with moderate injuries, police said. Officials at the scene indicated initially that four people were hurt in the crash.
Officials said at least 20 tons of coal spilled onto the roadway from Bussard's truck. Route 219 was closed and traffic was detoured until 2 p.m. while crews were cleaning up the wreckage.