Two in critical condition after crash leaves car on roof of Shamokin Dam restaurant | News
Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania – Two people remain in critical condition today following an accident Friday night at Shamokin Dam in which one vehicle ended up hitting a restaurant and the other flipped onto the roof of the building.
Theresa Risso, 42, of Selinsgrove, and James Haught, 46, of Shamokin Dam, remain in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, according to a supervising nurse. Risso’s one-year-old daughter was also treated for injuries to Geisinger.
The crash happened around 5:47 p.m. on Friday, March 4. According to a statement from Shamokin Dam Police Chief Timothy Bremigen, Risso allegedly drove recklessly south on Route 11 in the borough when his sedan took to the air after hitting concrete. barrier and a parked van. Risso’s vehicle landed on the roof of the Chinese restaurant Golden Chopsticks.
The van that Risso hit in the restaurant parking lot was pushed into the building, injuring the occupants, Christine Haught, 51, and James Haught, both of Shamokin Dam. An employee inside the restaurant, Ming Zheng, 53, from Shamokin Dam, was also injured, the statement said. Zheng was treated at Geisinger and released. Christine Haught was also taken to hospital for treatment of injuries.
When the police arrived on the scene, Ptlm. Eric Hassenplug observed a vehicle that was allegedly hit by Risso’s vehicle. Officers then observed smoke and flames coming from the Golden Chopsticks restaurant area. The officer proceeded to the restaurant area and was greeted by a uniformed state trooper and a second duty trooper from PSP Selinsgrove. Officers then helped the Haughts into the van and restaurant workers before their attention was directed to the roof, where Risso’s sedan was found.
Officer Hassenplug and the off-duty soldier climbed onto the roof and removed a one-year-old child from Risso’s sedan, as the building below began to catch fire, the statement said. The fire was extinguished and Risso was then removed from her vehicle and transported to Geisinger.
Through a preliminary investigation, police found that Risso had traveled recklessly south through the borough and upon entering the vehicle area of Baldwin Blvd Risso struck the vehicle of Donna Rompallo, 66, of Kulpmont. Risso continued to move south and struck two more vehicles in the 8 areaand Avenue operated by Jason Cole and Theodore Knode, 68, of Millerstown.
Risso’s vehicle continued to move in the northbound lane near the Shamokin Dam post office, hitting a utility pole and then a concrete barrier before hitting the Haughts’ van parked at the restaurant, Bremigen said in the press release.
Route 11 northbound between 11and Avenue and 8and Avenue was closed for about six hours. Traffic was limited to one lane in the southbound lane for northbound and southbound travel.
Selinsgrove Police Service also responded to the scene, along with area fire and ambulance services.
Several businesses in the area provided support to teams and police at the scene.
The police continue to investigate.