One dead, two hurt in Route 446 crash

Eldred crash

Eldred crash

A woman was killed and two people were injured in a crash on Route 446 in Eldred Thursday morning.

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 1:35 pm

Updated: 2:33 pm, Fri Mar 14, 2014.

One dead, two hurt in Route 446 crash

Era Reporter

The Bradford Era


A female motorist is dead and her two passengers — one a toddler — are critically injured after their vehicle collided with a semi-tractor-trailer on Thursday morning along Route 446 near the Pennsylvania-New York state border in Eldred Township.

Kane-based state police have identified the deceased as Lindsay M. Schmit, 26, of Grand Island, N.Y. McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill said Schmit died of blunt force trauma at the scene. Also injured in the crash were Schmit’s passengers, Christopher Johnson, 23, and an unidentified male juvenile, both of New York state. Police say the child, estimated at between 3 and 4 years of age, was ejected from the back seat of the sedan.

Both male occupants were taken to Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital in critical condition before being flown to Buffalo, N.Y., area hospitals, according to a spokesperson for the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department. None of the car’s occupants are said to have been wearing seatbelts. 

The driver of the semi-tractor-trailer, Kevin David Padlo, 53, of Olean, escaped injury. The tractor-trailer is reportedly owned by Olean Wholesale Grocery Co-op in Olean. 

Police said the crash occurred around 6:15 a.m., when for an unknown reason, Schmit lost control of her 2003 Chevrolet Malibu and crossed into the southbound lane of Route 446. The sedan crossed in front of an oncoming tractor-trailer operated by Padlo, which struck the car on the passenger side.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene, according to police.  

The crash left both lanes of Route 446 closed for roughly 10 hours. A state police accident reconstruction team was on scene and has yet to release an official ruling on the cause, but a spokesman with the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department said slick road conditions in the area Thursday morning likely played a part. 

State police were assisted on scene by members of the Eldred and Portville (N.Y.) Volunteer Fire Departments and EMS units, as well as the Montoursville-based state police CARS Unit, DuBois-based state police Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Unit, Medic 10 from Olean, Medic 1 from Bradford, McKeirnan Towing and Portville Towing.


Friday, March 14, 2014 1:35 pm.

Updated: 2:33 pm.