Geisinger Doctor Found Dead After Crash on Bucknell University Campus

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EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A doctor is dead following a crash on the campus of Bucknell University Wednesday morning.

Police say Dr. Harold Harrison, 67, was found dead after his car slammed into a tree.

Harrison was a decade-long doctor at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.

Buffalo Valley Regional Police say the doctor had been at a stop light at the intersection of Route 15 and Smoketown Road across from the university. Suddenly, police say his car accelerated, crossing over Route 15 and onto Moore Avenue on the campus and hit that tree around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors living near Harrison's home near Lewisburg were upset by the news.

"I was so terribly shocked about this when I heard about it. Ever since I found out this afternoon, I just felt really bad about it," said neighbor Linda Treese.

The Union County Coroner's Office believes Dr. Harrison suffered a medical emergency which led to the crash. The coroner's office says while the doctor was injured in the crash, the cause of death is believed to be that medical emergency.

Treese says coworkers had driven by the crash coming into the office.

"And they said looking on it, it must have been a medical emergency. It was just one car, and they were saying how sad it was, and we didn't know until later who it was," Treese said.

Hospital officials at Geisinger Medical Center said Harrison worked for them for 11 years and was currently the director of clinical pathology.

In a statement, Geisinger said:

"Dr. Harrison joined Geisinger 11 years ago, bringing a national reputation to his specialty. An intellectual powerhouse and a consummate clinical laboratory scientist, he ensured excellence in clinical lab services for Geisinger and contributed to the field of laboratory quality assurance. He had a very positive and cheerful personality and a good sense of humor, and will be greatly missed by his colleagues.

"We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."

"I knew he had an esteemed career and just the saddest thing in the world. I mean, I just can't imagine how that affects a family. I have three kids myself, and grandchildren, boy tough, you know?" Treese said.

The Union County coroner says no autopsy will be done as requested by the family.

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