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UPDATE: Woman Killed in Wreck Involving Police Officer

NESQUEHONING — A woman died following a crash Monday night involving a police officer in Carbon County.

Authorities said the wreck happened on Route 209 in Nesquehoning around 6:30 p.m.

According to police, Officer Steven Homanko, 25, lost control of the cruiser and hit a vehicle coming in the opposite direction. Carola Sauers, 69, and Michael Sauers, 64, were taken to the hospital along with the officer.

Carola Sauers died at the hospital. Police said Michael Sauers had severe injuries, and Officer Homanko was listed as having moderate injuries.

Troopers will not confirm that the officer was involved in a chase, as they initially reported.

Route 209 between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe was closed for almost nine hours while troopers investigated. The road reopened around 3 a.m.

Two people who may have been involved were questioned. Troopers have not said if any charges have been filed.

State police add they still need to know more about what happened, and if you were in that area of Route 209 in Nesquehoning Monday night, troopers want you to call them at 610- 377-4270.


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