Three killed in Elk County crash

A two-vehicle crash Thursday night in Elk County resulted in the deaths of three Kane residents, one of whom formerly lived in Warren.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, none of the three people killed were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Police said a vehicle driven by Robert D. Higginbotham, 33, of Kane, which was southbound on Route 66 in Highland Township, Elk County, crossed the center line into the northbound lane for unknown reasons at about 9:15 p.m. and struck a vehicle driven by Larry J. Saline Jr. of Johnsonburg.

Higginbotham, who is the son the Rev. Robert Higginbotham, former pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Warren, and two passengers, Clyde W. Nelson II, 33, and Delores L. Woodall, 36, both of Kane, died as a result of the crash.

Police said the vehicle rolled onto its roof and Higginbotham was ejected from the vehicle.

Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio pronounced Higginbotham and Nelson dead at the scene shortly after 10 p.m. Woodall was transported to Kane Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m.

Saline, who was wearing his seat belt, according to police, was not injured.