…Driver and passenger hurt in Elk County accident…Elderly driver injured in three-vehicle pile up….Ridgway man arrested after foot pursuit…Wellsboro resident accused of violating a PFA…New state representative plans bill to cap state’s gas tax….

Elk County

A St. Marys driver and her passenger were hurt in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Lafayette Township. State police report Roxanne Sisco was going north on Route 219 when her Ford F-150XLT went out of control while making a left curve. The pick up crossed the road, hit an embankment and rolled over. Police said neither Sisco nor her passenger Joshua Dalton also of St. Marys  were using seatbelts. They were taken by ambulance to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries.

One driver was injured in a three-vehicle pile-up in Ridgway Township Tuesday morning. Troopers say the collision occurred when 81 year old Paul Gerg of Ridgway, who was traveling east on Rpoute 120 failed to stop for a Kenworth tractor trailer while making a left turn onto Bridge Street. Gerg’s Hyundai Sonata struck the semi, operated by Kenneth Anderson of St. Marys forcing it into the westbound lane where it struck a guy wire before coming to rest over a small embankment on the westbound shoulder. After impact, the SUV spun counterclockwise, crossed both lanes and stopped on the eastbound shoulder. A Ford F250 Supercab driven by Kyle Caggiano of Ridgway was following Gerg’s car and was hit by debris from the car after colliding with the semi. Gerg was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries. The other two drivers were not hurt.

A Ridgway man has been jailed on drug charges and flight to avoid apprehension in connection to an incident Tuesday morning on the Toby Road in Fox Township. State police say 49 year old William Thompson, who was the subject of numerous warrants, fled on foot through the woods but was nabbed and taken into custody. Troopers allege he was found in possession of methamphetamine and was taken to the Elk County Jail.

Tioga County
No injuries were reported for a Buffalo NY truck driver following a crash Sunday morning in Deerfield Township. Troopers said Jeanpierre Ngongo tried to make a left hand curve while headed south and his International Harvester struck an embankment.

State police at Mansfield arrested 40 year old Joshua Jessup of Wellsboro for violating a protection from abuse order at about 7:30 am December 10 in Charleston Township. Authorities report the PFA was filed on behalf of 34 year old Kali Jessup also of Wellsboro.

A newly elected state representative Joe D’Orsie of Manchester plans on introducing legislation to cap the state’s gas tax. D’Orsie has circulated a co-sponsorship memo to his fellow House members to sign on in support of the bill, which will be introduced after he is sworn into office in January. The bill would amend Act 89 of 2013 to halt the automatic tax increase, which is being initiated because the average gas price this year exceeded $2.99 per gallon. Pennsylvania has the third highest gas tax in the nation and the Department of Revenue has announced it will increase the tax on gas by 3.5 cents

According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Pennsylvania is $3.64, which is 50 cents more than the national average of $3.10. Just south of the Mason-Dixon line, the average price is only $3.11 in Maryland. Pennsylvania’s current gas tax of 57.6 cents per gallon is to blame for the higher-than-average prices. Come January, the new tax is expected to be 61.1 cents per gallon.

The trucking industry will be even more impacted by the new rates. The current tax rate for diesel is 74.1 cents per gallon but is expected to jump by 4.4 cents per gallon to 78.5 cents per gallon.

However, D’Orsie’s bill would freeze the gas tax rate at 57.6 cents per gallon and the diesel tax rate at 74.1 cents per gallon, preventing both rates from increasing in the future.