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Police investigate Schuylkill crashes

Published January 27. 2014 05:00PM

State police at Frackville reported on three crashes over the past weekend on Schuylkill County roads.

A crash occurred about 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, along SR61 in Blythe Township. Troopers said Robert W. Hancock, 51, of Shenandoah, was driving a 1995 Ford L900 truck southbound just below a ramp leading to the Schuylkill Mall and negotiating a sharp right curve.

As Hancock's truck entered the curve it began to slide and spin and went onto the right shoulder, then drove across the right and left lanes. The truck then impacted the guide rail on the left side of the road with its front bumper. The truck then drove over the guide rail and went down a steep 30-foot embankment where it impacted into a tree at the bottom.

Hancock was not injured. The road was closed for a period of time until the Ford could be pulled up the embankment, troopers said. Hancock was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

A crash was reported about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, along Mt. Laffee Road, in New Castle Township. Troopers said Ana V. Vittini, 47, of Minersville, was driving a 1994 Toyota Camry westbound when she lost control while negotiating a left curve. The car traveled onto the south berm where it struck a tree with the passenger side.

Vittini refused medical treatment, troopers said, and the car and to be towed. Troopers said Vittini was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

The third crash occurred about 4:20 p.m. Sunday along SR61 at Darkwater Road, in Blythe Township. Troopers said Desiree Yezulinas, 21, of Shenandoah, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier southbound and rounding a left curve when the vehicle traveled over ice. Yezulinas lost control of the car which went onto the berm and struck a rock embankment.

Yezulinas was not injured but the car had to be towed from the scene.

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