Man Killed in Head-On Collision with 18-Wheeler in Forest County

| May 13, 2022

route-66-crashJENKS TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead following a head-on collision on State Route 66 on Wednesday afternoon.

(Photos by Tam Cotherman.)

According to Marienville-based State Police, the crash happened on Wednesday, May 11, around 12:40 p.m. on State Route 66, south of Byromtown Road, in Jenks Township, Forest County, involving a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler.

Upon police’s arrival, Marienville Volunteer Fire Department was already on the scene in the process of extracting 26-year-old John H. Creighton, of Palmyra, New York, from a 2014 Subaru Impreza.

The passenger of Impreza, 26-year-old Brian J. Ballesty, of Marion, New York, was sitting alongside State Route 66, and 64-year-old Leonard K. Silvis, of Sheffield, the operator of the 2019 Kenworth was also out of his vehicle.


Once Creighton was extracted from the vehicle, he was transported by Clarion Hospital EMS to East Forest School where he was flown by LifeFlight to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa.

Creighton was pronounced deceased at 4:05 p.m.

Jefferson County EMS transported Ballesty to Clarion Hospital for injuries of unknown severity. He was using a seat belt.

Silvis was also using a seat belt and was not injured.

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