ROARING BROOK TOWNSHIP — A violent crash shut down traffic on a busy road out of Scranton for several hours Friday.
The wreck sent three men to the hospital.
The police chief in Roaring Brook Township who was first on the scene says all three men suffered serious injuries. One of the drivers was thrown from his car.
When you see the wreckage on Route 307 in Roaring Brook Township, it’s hard to imagine that moment when the two cars collided and parts flew in every direction.
Ken Golanoski’s truck was in the middle of it.
“It was just scary, it was really scary. Everything goes in slow motion. You see the impact. I was just saying to him if we didn’t take the long way here, it could have just as easily been us,” Golanoski said.
One car’s transmission flew through the air. Its engine nearly hit Golanoski’s windshield and wound up 50 feet away in the snow.
According to police, both cars were headed toward Scranton. The red car lost control and then the two collided.
Firefighters, police, and EMTs arrived soon after.
Route 307 was shut down.
Golanoski and his friend Jason Weeks were the first to see the victims.
“We were more worried about them, seeing the collision. Our first initial instinct, he popped it into park and jumped out of the vehicle, and I jumped out. We’re running over to the vehicle just to see,” said Weeks.
Police say the driver of the red car, Kevin Escalante, 19, of Scranton was thrown from his car.
His passenger, Allen Martinez, 19, of Scranton, and the other driver, Alfio Ranocchia of Spring Brook Township, were trapped inside.
All three men were taken to Geisinger–CMC in Scranton.
Crews then spent more than three hours cleaning up what was left behind on route 307.