Car crash ends with four taken to hospital at Back to School event

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CLIFTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A car crash sends four people to the hospital, including two pedestrians at a back-to-school fundraiser in Lackawanna County.

But despite the chaos, the event still raised more than $1,000 for North Pocono School children. The fundraiser hosted by Salon Joy in Clifton Township took a scary turn when a crash on the nearby highway sent two cars spinning out of control, injuring two vendors at the event.

A little after 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Salon Joy’s fourth annual “Fill the Bus” event in the parking lot of S and H Plaza came to a screeching halt.

“I was walking toward the train station and as soon as it hit, I just ran over there to help them,” Nicole Londo of Salon Joy said.

“It hit a woman who was in the vendor stand and several people. One, including my son, just missed getting hit. There was a gentleman who was with her who was hit too but he was sitting up in a chair,” crash eyewitness Kristi Cleveland said.

Both drivers, who have been identified as 27-year-old Amanda Dawson and 22-year-old Tamon Brown, were sent to the hospital, as well as two pedestrians, 70-year-old Richard Polimine and 85-year-old Marilyn Croak. State police say they were injured by the wood from the fence.

The pedestrians, 70-year-old Richard Polimine and 85-year-old Marilyn Croak were vendors from the local train station. Londo says Polimine and Croak were grilling hot dogs and selling train station merchandise.

“I’m pretty heartbroken, I’m not going to lie. But I’m also very blessed for the community support and I know we’ll pull together and get through this,” Londo said.

Polimine and Croak were one of about 20 vendors there to support the salon’s event, which raises money for the North Pocono School District. They also collected backpacks and supplies for the students and teachers.

Londo says hours later Croak returned to let everyone know she was okay, and that Polimine would be okay too.

“You know, our community is strong and together we’ll stand,” Londo said.

At the end of the day, the salon raised $1,055, 129 backpacks & 24 boxes of school supplies. They’re asking everyone to slow down on Route 435.

The condition of the drivers is still unknown.

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