Connecticut trucker sentenced for causing dramatic crash
An out-of-state truck driver will serve as much as two years in prison after his rig tipped over and crashed into several other vehicles last year on Route 22 near Blairsville.
Hunter R. Geslien, of Naugatuck, Conn., admitted that he took heroin and smoked marijuana minutes before he drove a tractor-trailer loaded with scrap metal down Penn View Mountain in Burrell Township at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 13.
State police said Geslien swerved the Kenworth truck as it sped toward the intersection with Resort Drive, and the truck overturned and damaged seven other vehicles waiting at the red signal.
Noah Overman, of Center Township, had to be extricated from the wreckage of his crushed Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and was treated for minor injuries at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.
Indiana County Judge Thomas Bianco on Friday sentenced Geslien, 41, to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution for his guilty plea to recklessly endangering another person, and a concurrent term of three to six months in prison for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors set aside eight other charges including possession of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and six summary traffic violations.
The wreck was captured on a dramatic dashboard video recorded in a student transport van contracted by the
Armstrong Indiana Intermediate Unit to carry children to Saltsburg Elementary School.
In the video, driver Teri Corrado is heard reacting to the approaching truck as it crossed from the westbound lane and bore down on her vehicle in the eastbound lane. Corrado shifted gears and reversed the Dodge Caravan while Geslien’s