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Three-vehicle crash probed

Published December 02. 2009 05:00PM

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a three-vehicle crash in Schuylkill County on Tuesday, Dec. 1. It was one of three crashes on Tuesday on county roadways, troopers said.

About 3:58 p.m. Kendra M. Heffner, 43, of Pine Grove, was stopped on SR443 while eastbound at Harvey Drive, in Washington Township, waiting to make a left turn onto Harvey. Troopers said Brian D. Welsh, 36, of Pottsville, was eastbound at the time and looked away and did not see Heffner stopped. He then realized the vehicle was stopped ahead of him and swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid a collision.

His 2004 Chevrolet Silverado truck struck a westbound 2006 Volvo XC70 driven by Michael A. Glass, 50, of Jonestown. After impact the Silverado slid onto the shoulder while the Volvo slid past Heffner's 2008 Chevrolet Equinox and spun about 210 degrees counter-clockwise, coming to rest straddling the center yellow line.

Glass was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue personnel. He was taken by ambulance to the Hershey Medical Center. Welsh and Heffner were not injured. The Silverado and Volvo sustained severe damages while the Equinox had minor damages.

Troopers cited Welsh for careless driving.

A two-vehicle crash occurred about 10:51 a.m. along Deibert's Valley Road, in South Manheim Township. Troopers said Ira W. Markle, of Port Carbon, was negotiating a left curve in a 1989 Mack loader when the vehicle drifted into the other lane as Terrance L. McGlone, of Schuylkill Haven, was negotiating a right curve in a Ford 8000 truck and a collision occurred. No one was injured with damages moderate to the Ford and minor to the Mack.

Troopers cited Markle for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

A one-vehicle crash was reported at 7:29 p.m. along SR61, two-tenths of a mile south of Port Clinton, in West Brunswick Township. Troopers said Frank Rodriguez, 48, of Paxinos, Northumberland County, was northbound and swerved to avoid a deer on the road. His 2007 Hummer H3 traveled about 28 feet along the berm and then struck an embankment with the right front end. After striking the embankment the vehicle continued to travel north about 30 feet along the berm striking several large rocks with the undercarriage and then a road sign.

After impact with the sign the vehicle continued north for 34 feet and re-entered the travel lane. The Hummer then flipped about one and a half times and spun in a counter-clockwise direction for 36 feet before landing on the driver's side facing west on the concrete median.

Rodriguez had to be extricated from the vehicle and taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center East, Pottsville. Traffic had to be detoured for about an hour.

Damages were severe to the Hummer, troopers said.

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