I-99 accident near Bellwood exit ties up traffic on Friday night

A two-vehicle accident on I-99 southbound, about a mile north of Bellwood, in Antis Township, left three people injured and many motorists having to take alternate roads to get around it on Friday night.
Vehicles driven by 20-year-old Elizabeth Ann Burns and 34-year-old John Krupa were both southbound in the left lane of travel when the accident happened, shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Krupa’s car was in front of Burns’ vehicle. After passing another vehicle, Krupa’s car moved into the right lane of travel. At that point, Burns lost control of her vehicle.
According to the Hollidaysburg state police release, Burns lost control of her car because a passenger in her vehicle, 30-year-old Nathaniel Martin, Jr. of Altoona allegedly grabbed the steering wheel during the course of an argument with her.
Her car moved into the right lane and hit Krupa’s. After the impact, Krupa lost control of his vehicle. Both cars continued to travel southbound out of control. The cars then traveled into and across the left southbound lane and eventually went off the road and onto the median strip.
Krupa’s car went through the median and went broadside before traveling into the northbound side of the I-99. His car came to rest facing west in the left lane northbound.
Burns’ car struck a drainage ditch in the middle of the median. Police said when the vehicle hit the median strip, it began to roll an unknown number of times, before coming to rest facing east on the road on the east side of I-99. During, the rollover, Burns and Martin were ejected from the car.
Police said the pair were transported to Altoona Hospital by ambulance. Neither Burns or Martin were wearing seat belts and were reported to have moderate injuries.
Krupa was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. A passenger in his car, 34-year-old Julie Krupa, was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injures. Two other passengers, 12-year-old Courtney Krupa and three-year-old Abigail Krupa, were not injured. Courtney Krupa was belted, while the younger Krupa was in a child safety seat.
Police were assisted by Bellwood and Tipton volunteer fire departments.
The investigating officer was not available to be interviewed today, however independent observations shortly after the accident made it clear it created several traffic problems.
Vehicles were detoured off the road at the Bellwood exit or were unable to enter there and backups were reported on the highway. Several motorists were observed at the Bellwood Sheetz consulting with employees and other motorists for directions to detour around the accident to their destinations. Some motorists even agreed to lead the way for others to help them travel on unfamiliar roads.