3 hurt in crash into dealership

By Jerry Lynott

March 21, 2013

KINGSTON — Three people were injured when a car crashed into the Del Balso Ford dealership Thursday afternoon, striking a support beam and narrowly missing a set of windows and a glass entrance door to the showroom.

Firefighters pried open the doors to remove the male driver and two female passengers who were transported by ambulance to the trauma unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

There was debris scattered about the interior of the car and airbags deployed in the crash around 12:30 p.m. on Market Street.

Kingston Police Chief Keith Keiper said the crash is under investigation and the names and the conditions of the injured were not available.

From his desk, assistant sales manager Frank Morreale watched the east bound four-door Ford veer into the westbound lanes, strike a curb and become airborne before striking the building.

Morreale, a former police officer, estimated the car was traveling at 60 mph.

“It didn’t brake at all,” he said.

He said he went outside and saw that one of the passengers was unconscious and the driver was slumped over the steering wheel. All three people in the car looked to be seriously injured, he said.

The crash left a hole in the building and knocked loose a section of an interior wall next to a support beam.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Morreale said. Usually there are people on the sidewalks in front of and alongside the dealership, he said.

The car struck a curb on Market Street and crossed through the intersection with Second Avenue before making impact between the entrance and windows.

“It could have went right through the door,” Morreale said.