Four Nescopeck residents hurt in Berwick building collapse

By Michael Reich - [email protected]
Using an aerial ladder, Berwick firefighters survey the damage after a building’s roof collapsed Wednesday. - Jimmy May | Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP
Debris covers two vehicles Wednesday at an intersection in Berwick adjacent to where a building’s roof collapsed. Four people from Nescopeck — two in each vehicle — were injured. Police said one of the victims, a teenager, is in critical condition. - Jimmy May | Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP

BERWICK — Four people from Nescopeck were hurt by falling debris when a building’s roof collapsed in downtown Berwick on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the victims, a 17-year-old girl, was in critical condition, according to authorities.

Police said Denise Leiby, 53, of Nescopeck, was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango that was stopped at a light at Second and Market streets when part of the roof at the former Masonic Building fell onto the roadway and heavily damaged her vehicle.

Leiby was able to free herself, officers said in a press release. Her passenger, 17-year-old Latia Leiby, was extricated by pedestrians who forced open the passenger-side door, according to Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish.

Both were taken to Geisinger Medical Center by ambulance. The teen suffered serious injuries and was in critical care, Strish reported.

A 2010 Ford Focus behind the Durango was also hit by rubble from the building.

That car was being driven by Jeb Steward, 18, of Nescopeck. He was riding with Grace Finucan, 17, of Nescopeck. Both freed themselves from the Focus, and both were taken to Berwick Hospital Center for further evaluation.

Police said the scene will be closed for several days and traffic will be detoured.

As for what caused the collapse, police said an investigation continues.

Using an aerial ladder, Berwick firefighters survey the damage after a building’s roof collapsed Wednesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_AP18263070435974-2.jpgUsing an aerial ladder, Berwick firefighters survey the damage after a building’s roof collapsed Wednesday. Jimmy May | Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP

Debris covers two vehicles Wednesday at an intersection in Berwick adjacent to where a building’s roof collapsed. Four people from Nescopeck — two in each vehicle — were injured. Police said one of the victims, a teenager, is in critical condition.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_AP18263070397773-2.jpgDebris covers two vehicles Wednesday at an intersection in Berwick adjacent to where a building’s roof collapsed. Four people from Nescopeck — two in each vehicle — were injured. Police said one of the victims, a teenager, is in critical condition. Jimmy May | Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP

By Michael Reich

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