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Brockton man identified as victim in Rt. 209 crash

Published September 22. 2010 05:00PM

The driver killed in a crash involving a classic car and box truck Tuesday morning outside Tamaqua has been identified by state police at Frackville.

Troopers said Charles D. Strouse Jr., 37, of Brockton, died in the crash that occurred about 9:05 a.m. along SR209, just north of Catawissa St., in Walker Township. The story and photos of the accident appeared in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.

Troopers said Strouse was driving a 1964 Dodge 880 sedan when it was struck head-on by a 2007 Freightliner M2 truck driven by Ruben A. Rodriguez, 40, of Pennsauken, N.J.

Troopers said Rodriguez was northbound and traveling toward Tamaqua while Strouse was southbound and headed toward Tuscarora. Rodriguez's truck drifted into the southbound lane and impacted with the Dodge. After impact the truck went off the northwest side of the road and made a second impact with trees along the berm, where it came to rest.

After impact, the Dodge traveled southwest off the road and came to rest facing north.

Strouse was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County deputy coroner E. Franklin Griffiths, of Tamaqua, at 9:30 a.m. Rodriguez was injured and transported to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, where he was treated and released.

Troopers said Rodriguez was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Assisting troopers were volunteers from the Tuscarora Fire Company, Tamaqua fire units, Tamaqua ambulance and the Lehighton EMS unit. Also assisting was personnel from the state Department of Environmental Resources due to fuel that was spilled.

The road was closed for about seven hours.

Troopers added that the investigation into the crash is continuing.

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