UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP — Two of three occupants inside a cargo van that crashed head-on into a Shikellamy School District bus Thursday morning on Route 61 were listed in critical condition this weekend.
The incident occurred around 8 a.m. when the GMC Savana van crossed the center line in front of Oaklyn Elementary School and struck the bus, which was carrying 29 students between the ages of 5 and 11. The students and the bus driver, Linda Bingaman, 49, of Sunbury, were unhurt.
Trooper Raymond Snarski, from state police at Stonington, identified the driver of the van as Nicholas Kahley, 35, of Northumberland, and two passengers as Steven Wambold, 28, of Minersville, and Andrew Clements, 38, of Northumberland.
According to a nursing supervisor, Clements and Kahley, who was trapped inside the van and needed to be extricated by firefighters, were in critical condition. Wambold was treated and released.
Snarski reported that none of the occupants in the van were wearing seat belts. Bingaman was wearing a lap and shoulder belt.
The trooper said that the van was traveling south on Route 61 when, for unknown reasons, it traveled into the northbound lane, striking the bus in the northbound lane just south of Oak Street.
Following the crash, the students were reportedly escorted on foot uphill to the school by Bingaman, by school district officials and first responders. Route 61 was closed for an extended period of time as troopers investigated.
Snarski charged Kahley with driving on roadways lane for traffic. An investigation continues.