Meshoppen Man Critical After Multi-Car Crash
Clinton Childress, Meshoppen, sustained major injuries and is in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV) following a multi-vehicle crash on Route 267 in Meshoppen Township. The crash happened on Saturday, May 14 just before 5 p.m.
Police say Childress was driving a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville north on Route 267; he was approaching the Susquehanna County line, and was about a quarter mile south of it. At the same time, Patricia Carr of Stevensville was driving a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser south on 267, Kevin Francis of Scranton was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 south behind Carr and Daniel Flanders of Dallas was driving a 1992 Ford Ranger XLT south behind Francis.
Childress crossed from the northbound lane into the southbound lane and struck Carr’s vehicle head-on. Carr’s vehicle then hit the guiderail, spun 180 degrees and went over the bank into a tree. Childress continued north after his vehicle flipped on the driver’s side. Still traveling north in the southbound lane, he struck Francis’s vehicle head-on.
Childress’s vehicle sustained severe damage to the hood and roof and at this point Childress was ejected from the vehicle, say police. It is not known if Childress had been wearing a seat belt. He landed on the west berm of Route 267. Flanders’s vehicle broadsided Francis’s vehicle and pushed it over the bank.
Carr was transported to CMC by Laceyville Ambulance and was last known to be in stable condition. Francis was transported to CMC by Meshoppen Ambulance and was last known to be in stable condition. Flanders sustained only minor injuries and refused medical treatment. Childress was lifeflighted to GWV. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, but the crash is still being investigated.