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Pedestrian Loses Leg in Crash Along Pottsville-Minersville Highway

minersville pedestrian leg amputed in crash along pottsville minersville highway

minersville pedestrian leg amputed in crash along pottsville minersville highway

A Minersville man had his leg amputated while he was walking along the Pottsville-Minersville Highway early Tuesday morning.

According to information from State Police in Schuylkill Haven, a 42-year-old man from Minersville was walking across the highway (Route 901) toward E. Maple St., Norwegian Township, at about 5:30 Tuesday morning.

Police report that, at the time, it was dark and the pedestrian, who isn’t identified, was wearing dark-colored clothing. At the same time he was cross the highway, a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old man from Pottsville, was traveling north in the right lane of the highway.

The vehicle struck the Minersville man with the right side of its front bumper. The impact severed the pedestrian’s leg.

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The motorist lost control of the vehicle at that point. He swerved in an attempt to regain control but ended up in the path of a pickup truck driven by a 24-year-old man from West Lawn, Berks County.

Minersville EMS arrived on scene and took the pedestrian quickly to a launch site to be taken by helicopter to Geisinger hospital in Danville. Police say the pedestrian underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition.

An investigation into this crash is ongoing.

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