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Pa. woman whose car landed on restaurant roof in DUI crash posts $200K bail
Published: Aug. 23, 2022, 1:29 p.m. By John Beauge | Special to PennLive

MIDDLEBURG – The driver accused of driving drunk before her car came to rest on the roof of a Snyder County restaurant is out of jail.

Theresa J. Risso, 43, of Selinsgrove, on Monday posted the $200,000 bail set following her March 11 arrest. She is awaiting trial.

Bail terms set by District Judge Jeffrey Rowe at her arraignment included a ban on driving and consumption of alcohol. She is to wear a monitor that would detect alcohol use. …

The front driver’s side tire came off the sedan before it went over a curb and sheared off a pole in the area of Service 1st federal Credit Union.

It went airborne, traveling over the curbing in a parking lot, striking a concrete barrier and the van in which James and Christine Haught were sitting outside the Golden Chopsticks restaurant. He suffered a broken back.

The engine separated after the car hit the barrier and struck the wall of the restaurant near the van, causing a fire ball.

The car landed on the roof causing the part over the kitchen area to cave in. One of the six employees of the restaurant that was open only for takeout was injured.

Risso’s 18-month-old daughter in a child safety seat in the back seat was not injured despite being strapped in only around the chest. The buckle between the legs was not properly fastened, police said. 

Lancaster city crash sends 7 people to hospital 

Seven people were taken to the hospital Monday after two vehicles crashed.

The crash happened just before 1:30 p.m. at East Walnut and North Franklin streets. A Honda Odyssey was driving the wrong way on East Walnut when it collided with a vehicle traveling south on North Franklin, according to Lancaster city police.

North Franklin was shut down between East Walnut and East Chestnut streets while the wreckage was being cleared.

Further details weren’t immediately available.

Multi-vehicle crash closes 283 westbound lanes in Lancaster County

A multi-vehicle crash snarled traffic on Route 283 westbound in Lancaster County on Monday afternoon.

The crash happened in East Hempfield Township near the exit for Route 741, Millersville/East Petersburg. Minor injuries were reported.

All lanes were closed between the Millersville/East Petersburg exit and the Landisville exit for Route 722 as of 4:15 p.m. on Monday, according to

As of 4:45 p.m., one lane was reopened on Route 283 westbound.

Woman injured when vehicle rolls over in Ephrata Township crash Tuesday

A woman was taken to a hospital after her vehicle rolled over during a crash Tuesday afternoon in Ephrata Township, police said. The unidentified woman was driving on Hahnstown Road when a vehicle driven by Andrei Gortman, 78, of New Holland, pulled from a stop sign on Glennwood Drive into her path about 2 p.m., police said. The crash caused the woman’s vehicle to roll over and she had to be freed, police said.

Both vehicles were towed. Ephrata Pioneer and Lincoln Fire Companies assisted. Further details were not immediately available.


Rollover crash at routes 30, 283 in Manheim Township causes delays: police

A crash at a major route interchange in Manheim Township is stalling traffic early Monday.

The rollover crash happened on Route 30 east and Route 283 east, according to Manheim Township police.

Emergency units were called to the scene around 7:45 a.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.

Traffic maps show backups in the heavily trafficked area.

Crash slows traffic on Route 30 near Dutch Wonderland

A crash with reported entrapment closed a small section of Lincoln Highway East just after 8 a.m.

It happened in front of Dutch Wonderland, near the entrance to Tanger Outlets.

About 100 yards of road were closed as crews at the scene worked to free a person from a vehicle. Traffic was able to move slowly by the scene.

The extrication was complete at 8:35 a.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.

Police did not release any information from the scene. This story will be updated.

Early morning tractor-trailer crash shuts down turnpike

An accident involving a tractor-trailer brought traffic to a stop this morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

According to and Lancaster County-wide Communications, a portion of the turnpike was shut down following a tractor-trailer crash that left one person trapped.

The crash occurred around 7 a.m. and was between the Lebanon-Lancaster and Reading exit, near mile marker 284.7.

Only the left lane of traffic was affected by the crash, but both lanes came to a stop in order to removed the tractor-trailer from the scene.

Crews are also responding to a crash in East Hempfield Township, near Rohrerstown Road and Spring Valley Road, for a report of a Class 2 vehicle accident.

Horse and carriage crash injures driver near Strasburg

A horse and carriage accident Sunday morning left the driver with serious injuries.

State police are investigating the crash at 7:15 a.m. in front of 613 Georgetown Road (Route 896). According firefighters at the scene, the driver of the carriage was heading toward Strasburg when the wheels on the carriage went off the road and into a culvert. The carriage then struck a telephone pole.

The driver, a teen male, suffered a broken leg and serious head injuries. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital. Two other occupants of the carriage were not injured.

Responding to the crash were Strasburg Fire Company, Lancaster EMS and Gordonville EMS.

Woman, 55, hospitalized with ‘unknown injuries’ after Ephrata crash

A 55-year-old woman was hospitalized for “unknown injuries” Thursday after her vehicle was struck, trapping her inside, in Ephrata, police said.

Stevens resident Tyrone Miller, 56, driving a pickup truck, pulled from a stop sign and hit the woman’s car, a Subaru, as it drove east on Martin Avenue at around 2:30 p.m., police said.

The woman was extricated and taken to a local hospital. The Subaru was towed from the scene, police said.

Ephrata police, Lincoln and Pioneer fire departments and Ephrata Ambulance assisted at the crash site.

Update: Route 30 eastbound lanes near Columbia reopened at 5 p.m. after crash

The eastbound lanes of Route 30 in West Hempfield Township have been re-opened following a  two-car crash that injured three people. The eastbound lanes were shut down about 4 p.m. at the Route 441 ramp in Columbia. Westbound lanes remained open. The eastbound lanes re-opened around 5 p.m.

Fiery crash between police SUV and mail truck injures 2


Police in Lancaster County say icy roads are to blame for a fiery crash between a police vehicle and a mail truck.

East Lampeter police say the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. along Hartman Station Road at Geist Road.

Both drivers were taken to a hospital, but their conditions are unknown.

Vehicle crashes into utility pole outside Villa Nova West minutes before midnight Monday

East Hempfield Township police is investigating an incident in which a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in front of Villa Nova West on Columbia Avenue shortly before midnight Monday.

One person was temporarily trapped inside the vehicle and transported to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The roadway was closed for about two hours following the crash, which occurred at 11:53 p.m., police said.

No injuries were reported inside the restaurant.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call Officer Christopher Keen at 717-898-3103 or to submit a tip through the department’s CrimeWatch website.


Crews responding to Lancaster city crash involving school bus

Emergency crews are responding to a crash in Lancaster city involving a small school bus and another vehicle, according to an emergency dispatch supervisor.

The crash was reported at South Lime Street and Howard Avenue just before 4 p.m.

School District of Lancaster spokeswoman Kelly Burkholder said there were three students from the district on the bus who were being checked out, but that it didn’t immediately appear that they or the bus driver suffered serious injuries.

Neither Burkholder nor the dispatcher could immediately provide information on the other vehicle and whoever was in it.

4 people treated after retirement home bus gets rear-ended in Ephrata Township

A retirement community bus carrying 14 residents was rear-ended in Ephrata Township late Tuesday morning, police said.

Four of the 14 passengers requested medical treatment as a precaution, according to Ephrata police Lt. Chris McKim.

No one was seriously injured, he said.

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. on Rothsville Road near Royer Road. A vehicle rear-ended the bus, which was carrying residents of Luther Acres.

Police talked with the driver of the vehicle that hit the bus. The investigation is ongoing.

Initial dispatch reports indicated over a dozen people may have been injured. Dispatchers called for at least five basic care ambulances to respond to the scene.


6 firefighters hospitalized in I-81 crash; Driver had suspended license, police say


Six firefighters were hospitalized after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County.

The first incident was a vehicle fire. As firefighters were doing traffic control for that around 2:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer, which failed to see the emergency vehicles with their lights activated, tried to make a sudden lane change and crashed, according to state police.

The tractor-trailer hit two fire vehicles, a fire truck and a Chevrolet Equinox, before going off the road and into a ditch.

Six firefighters, five from West Hanover Fire and 1 from East Hanover Fire, were taken to Hershey Medical Center with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

State police said the driver of the tractor-trailer, a 38-year-old man from Columbus, Ohio, had a suspended license. His name has not been released. He was not injured in the crash.

1 person freed from crash at Queen & Farnum streets in Lancaster city

Firefighters popped a vehicle door to free one person who was trapped following a crash in Lancaster city Monday, according to city fire department battalion chief Ken Barton. The crash at West Farnum and South Queen streets was reported at 4:39 p.m.,  dispatch reports show. A person at the scene said the main vehicles involved were a minivan and a Jeep Cherokee, and some parked cars were hit as well. Information was not immediately available on how many people were involved and whether they were injured.

Collisions snarl traffic Wednesday afternoon on Routes 441 in East Donegal Township, Route 897 in Salisbury

Motorists should use caution in areas surrounding two crashes Wednesday afternoon in Lancaster County.

Two vehicles collided at around 4:20 p.m. on Route 441, just south of Marietta at Furnace Road, according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.

One vehicle went down an embankment and into a tree, according to a witness at the scene. At least one person was taken by ambulance for treatment.

The crash may have been caused when a driver swerved to avoid a deer, according to a report from the scene.

About 10 minutes later, an accident involving a tractor-trailer occurred near the intersection of Route 897 and Cains Road in Salisbury Township.

Rescue crews were responding to both incidents. Motorists should avoid the areas because of blocking.


Centerville Road ramp to westbound Route 30 reopens after tractor-trailer crash

A Route 30 on-ramp was closed for several hours early Tuesday after a tractor-trailer rolled over.

The crash happened just before 7 a.m. on the Centerville Road ramp to westbound Route 30.

A mechanical issue caused the driver to lose control. The tractor-trailer slid off the ramp and overturned, according to East Hempfield Township police Lt. Tammy Marsh.

The driver was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with minor injuries, she said.

The ramp reopened around 11:30 a.m., according to Marsh.

The tractor-trailer was carrying logs and poles, according to Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons.

Seven people injured in Salisbury Township crash

Crews were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Sunday morning.

Emergency dispatchers say the crash occurred around 9 a.m., in the 900 block of Churchtown Road.

Seven people were injured and taken to Reading Hospital. There is still no word on what caused the crash.

One trapped when car overturns in East Lampeter Township

Emergency personnel were called to the scene of an overturned vehicle on Harmony Hill Drive in East Lampeter Township Wednesday evening.

Initial reports indicated a Mercury Milan sedan struck a parked vehicle and flipped over in the 2200 block of Harmony Hill Drive near Hornig Road. The call came into Lancaster County-Wide Communications just after 7:30 p.m.

Crews extricated the occupant, a male, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance. A witness said he was conscious.

Route 30 in Paradise Township reopens after 3-vehicle crash

Route 30 in Paradise Township has reopened following a three-vehicle crash.

One person — Austin Brumbach, 22, of West Chester — was injured in the crash, which occurred at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Traveling west on Route 30 in a Dodge Durango, Brumbach crossed into the eastbound lane and sideswiped a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. Brumbach remained in the eastbound lane and struck a Dodge Caravan head-on, state police said.

Driving the pickup truck was Carlo Easton, 50, of Lancaster. Strasburg resident Donna Dewalt, 52, was driving the van.

Brumbach was transported to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries of unknown severity, state police said. No other injuries were reported.

Route 30 was closed for about two hours.

The crash is currently under investigation, state police said.–vehicle-crash/article_76c94b3c-d6c7-11e8-b171-dbb4e71742c1.html


Norman Wood Bridge in Martic Township closed after tractor-trailer crash

Norman Wood Bridge in Martic Township is closed after a tractor-trailer crash early Tuesday.

The bridge, or Route 372, runs over the Susquehanna River in the southern part of Lancaster County.

The crash happened around 6:20 a.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications.

Route 372 is closed between River and Old Pinnacle roads on the Lancaster County side to River and McCalls Ferry roads on the York County side, according to

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