Young bicyclist struck by pickup
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A six-year-old girl from Coaldale was seriously injured when she was struck while riding a bicycle in the village of Newkirk, Schuylkill Township, just west of Tamaqua. The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday as the child and her mother were visiting a relative along Old Route 209. According to state police at Frackville, who declined to release the girl's name, Daniel Farber, 30, of Tamaqua, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck northbound and passed the intersection with Lehigh Street when the child entered the road in front of him. Farber attempted to brake and avoid the girl but could not and his truck hit the bike. The girl was thrown from the bike and came to rest on the road about 35 feet from the point of impact. The girl was treated at the scene by members of the Tamaqua ambulance and Lehighton paramedics then flown by Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Troopers said she is listed in critical condition. The roadway was closed for several hours. Also assisting at the scene were volunteers from the Tuscarora Fire Company. The investigation into the accident is continuing, troopers added.