Officials are now ready to announce the identity and autopsy results of the pilot who was killed in a plane crash in Towanda last Wednesday morning.Scott Wilcox was the only person on board. The Bradford County Coroner says they were able to rule out any medical emergency, so it’s still unclear what caused the Zodiac Lite sport aircraft to go down.The plane crashed about two-miles east of the Bradford County Airport, bursting into flames.The coroner says victim was identified from his pacemaker, which had a unique serial number on it.The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into what led to the crash.A memorial service for Wilcox has been scheduled for July 29th at Victory Church in Troy at 1 PM. A receiving line will be held afterwards, followed by a gathering at the American Legion in Wyalusing.
The National Transportation Safety Board held a news conference Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the airplane crash at the Bradford County Airport. The single engine Zodiac was in the air for only about a minute before it crashed. The pilot was the only person on board and has still not been identified. The NTSB is hoping that additional witnesses come forward. It is expected that the Airport will reopen on Saturday morning.
There is one reported fatality in an airplane crash near the Bradford County Airport in Towanda. The crash occurred shortly after 11:00 AM Wednesday. The FAA reports that the plane was a Zodiac light sport aircraft and that it crashed into a wooded area 2 miles east of the airport with only the pilot on board. While they believe the know who the pilot is, they are waiting for further identification before releasing that information. Firefighters say the wreckage is strewn about a heavily wooded steep hillside that can only be traveled on foot. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the crash.
A Bradford County woman was killed in a crash in the Town of Southport Monday. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says 60-year-old Mary New of Towanda was riding in a car driven by 53-year-old Douglas Golden. It was struck in the side by an SUV driven by 33-year-old Christopher Slater of Elmira while trying to turn left on Route 328. New was airlifted from the scene to Robert Packer Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Golden and Slater were also transported to the hospital. The Sheriff’s Office says their initial investigation determined that Golden caused the accident by failing to yield the right of way.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a crash that killed one person and injured three others on Route 220 in Towanda Saturday. Troopers say it started around 6:30pm when a woman attempted to cross the northbound lane of 220 to enter her driveway and was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by 60-year-old Thomas Cox. The woman’s car ended up on its side while the vehicle driven by Cox continued into a neighbor’s carport. Cox later succumbed to his injuries. The unidentified woman in the other car and her two passengers were transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital.
For the 3rd year in a row, the Bradford County government is donating $10,000 to every fire department and ambulance service in the county. The money comes from impact fees of natural gas drilling. The Bradford County government does not place restrictions on how the money can be used by the emergency services.
In total, over $300,000 has been distributed to county emergency service departments this year alone. Over $1 million has been donated in the past 3 years.
Phase one in building a new municipal parking garage is expected to begin this week in Towanda. The first phase of the project is to relocate the Flying Cow Bakery and Café closer to the Merrill Parkway. This will allow for the room needed to construct the new parking garage. The new garage is expected to bring about 230 new parking spaces to the Downtown Towanda area, and is being funded by a $5 million state grant. The garage must be completed by December 31st, 2017 as a requirement of the grant.
A trucking garage in Towanda has been deemed a total loss after a fire last night. Fire crews responded to the garage on Craft Master Road shortly after 9pm. The garage is said to belong to a trucking company that transports milk. One truck was in the garage at the time of the fire. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.