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State police probe Schuylkill crashes

Published January 17. 2012 05:01PM

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on several crashes, including two hit and runs, investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roadways.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 2:10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, along Red Church Road, in West Brunswick Township. Troopers said Gabrielle A. Accordino, 20, of Auburn, was driving a 2000 Saturn SL2 southbound when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted off the edge of the road and struck a tree with the passenger side. Upon impact the car spun about 90-degrees coming to rest across the south lane.

Accordino was extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel and flown by Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for treatment of what troopers said were moderate injuries.

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

Troopers investigated a crash about 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 4 along Grove St., in Cressona. Troopers said Kenneth L. Cook, 44, of Ickesburg, Perry County, was operating a 2007 Freightliner box truck northbound, which is a dead end, when he attempted a three-point turn near the dead end. The truck struck and sheared off a fire hydrant while he was backing up, troopers said. Troopers said Cook fled the scene but was later located and charged with careless driving.

Troopers investigated a hit and run on Sunday, Jan. 15, about 3:30 a.m. along Second Mountain Road, a half-mile east of Manheim Road, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said a driver lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered road and struck a utility pole along the south berm. After striking the pole the driver fled the scene.

The pole was broken off near the top and fell to the road, pulling down numerous wires, troopers said. The road was shutdown for several hours.

The hit and run vehicle is believed to be a Chevrolet Blazer, blue in color.

The second hit and run was reported to have occurred sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. on Jan. 13 at 118 W. Second Mountain Road, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said a vehicle was driven westbound and while negotiating a left curve the vehicle, for unknown reasons, left the road and went down a eight-foot embankment striking a tree.

Upon impact with the tree the vehicle spun about 90-degrees counter-clockwise and came to rest facing north.

The driver fled the scene leaving behind a 2001 Toyota Corolla, red in color. The investigation is continuing, troopers said.

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