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Drums man dies in crash this morning

Published December 22. 2010 05:00PM

A 26-year-old Drums man died in a two-vehicle crash today at 1:39 a.m. on Route 924 in Hazle Township, Luzerne County.

State police at the Hazleton barracks said John Yannuzzi was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Police said he was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota and was pulling out of the Shell gas station parking lot when its front end made initial impact with a 1998 Freightliner truck driven by Bryan Koser, 32, of Milton. The latter was traveling south on Rt. 924 at the time.

Police said after Yannuzzi's Dakota struck the driver's side of the truck, the two vehicles traveled across the northbound lanes and came to rest. Both vehicles caught fire, police said.

The vehicles were later towed from the scene.

Police said Koser was uninjured.

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