CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — One person has been killed and two others have been injured in a crash near Houtzdale Tuesday morning, according to state police.

Crews were called out around 8:10 a.m. The person killed has been identified as 17-year-old Jacob Ball of Madera, who died on the way to UPMC Altoona.

Ball was traveling northbound on Route 53, South of Brewery Road in Bigler Township, when he crossed the double yellow lines and traveled northbound in the southbound lane. He hit another vehicle head-on, according to the accident report.

The driver of the second vehicle and his passenger were transported to UPMC Altoona for their injuries. All lanes on PA 53 between Beula to Madera Road and Atlantic Road that were closed have reopened according to 511PA.


Ball was a junior at Moshannon Valley High School. Superintendent Dr. John Zesiger issued the following statement:

Moshannon Valley did suffer a tragic accident today and lost a member of our junior class. At this time, I’m heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and our focus right now is on supporting the family, friends and students. The district has additional counselors on-site and will continue to do so as long as there is a need. We have our 24 hour safe school helpline that provide students and families with 24/7 access to a trained counselor. And right now, we are just asking our families to let us know if their child is experiencing any distress.