SUNBURY — A Danville woman suffered minor head and arm injuries Thursday afternoon when her sport utility vehicle crashed into the front porch and basement of a home in the 900 block of Reagan Street.
Joan Fox was transported by Americus Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after being extricated from her 2018 Chevrolet Traverse by two construction employees working at a nearby home.
Fox was admitted in fair condition, according to a nursing supervisor.
Patrolman Brad Slack said Fox was driving east on Reagan Street about 3 p.m. when she reportedly fell asleep, causing her SUV to veer to the left and smash into the front porch and basement at the home of John Bilhien, of 942 Reagan St.
According to witnesses, Slack said Fox was traveling between 25 and 30 mph. which is the speed limit where the crash occurred.
The SUV demolished the front porch consisting of wood and brick and came to rest with its front end stuck in the basement of the home.
Slack said Fox was wearing her seat belt, which most likely prevented her from suffering more serious injuries.
Jason Schaeffer Jr., of Sunbury, and Kyle Gulliver, of Shamokin, employees of Lytle’s LLC, Sunbury, were doing roof work on a neighboring home when they heard a crash.
“I heard a loud bang,” stated Schaeffer. “I then went to the accident scene with Kyle and we were able to get the woman out of the vehicle and onto a nearby porch until emergency personnel arrived.”
Slack commended the quick response of the construction workers, firefighters and other emergency personnel who were able to support the front porch roof and other sections of the home to prevent further damage.
The SUV, which sustained extensive damage, was towed from the scene by Aurands Towing.
Reagan Street was closed to cars between Catawissa Avenue and Sixth Street and to large trucks between 11th and Fourth streets until approximately 6:15 p.m. due to the accident.