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Medical problem blamed for crash

Published October 04. 2011 05:01PM

A driver experiencing a medical problem was blamed for a one-vehicle crash in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Michael C. Cafurello III, 31, of Laureldale, Berks County, was driving a 2001 Jeep Wrangler southbound on SR61 in North Manheim Township, about 11:07 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, when he may have suffered a seizure.

He was negotiating a right curve at the time when his vehicle impacted with a center jersey-barrier with its front left wheel. The Jeep bounced off the barrier and traveled an additional 66 feet before impacting with another jersey barrier.

The force of the second impact bent the front suspension backward and broke the driveshaft loose. The front left tire was ripped from its wheel. The tire jumped the barrier and crossed both northbound lanes and came to rest on the shoulder of the road.

The Jeep continued south about 670 feet scraping against the barrier intermittently with its left wheels before coming to rest.

Cafurello was not wearing a seat belt. He sustained serious injuries to the facial area, troopers said. He was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for treatment.

He was cited for traveling on roadways laned for traffic.

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