Two Runners in Hospital after Being Hit by Pickup Truck

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WILKES-BARRE -- Two runners in Luzerne County ended up in the hospital after a driver hit them Saturday morning.

According to police, a pickup truck hit three runners on Old River Road in Wilkes-Barre at about 8:45 a.m. Two of those runners were taken to the hospital. At this time, their conditions do not appear to be life-threatening.

Investigators believe the crash happened after the driver, who has been identified by family members as Nelson Rouschey of Nanticoke, may have had a stroke or some other medical condition while he was behind the wheel.

Tom Smith and his wife made the call to 9-1-1 after they saw those three runners hit in front of their home.

"My wife and I were having coffee in our upstairs bedroom and it was a relaxed moment and then we heard the thud and it was an unusual thud," said Smith.

Smith, along with other neighbors we spoke with, all agree that the road is a popular spot for runners to share the street.

"This is a pretty popular place for people jogging down or running down," said neighbor Bob Sullivan.

"It's an active road too," Smith added.  "[There's a] lot of traffic so everybody has to use alertness, whether you're a driver, a runner or a cyclist."

According to family members, Rouschey was actually on his way to the hospital to get himself checked out after days of headaches.

Rouschey's step-son, Greg Winslow of Plymouth, showed up to the scene to pick up his mother, who was also in the truck during the incident. As Winslow helped his mother into the car, he spoke with Newswatch16 about how his step-father had never gotten in an accident before.

"One of those things where he was sick and he was going to the hospital and I work at night time so I was sleeping and I got the call that he's been in an accident," said Winslow.

There is no word yet if any charges will be filed against the driver in this case.


  • Lisa Sliker

    By the way, in case anybody was concerned, the injuries sustained by the joggers were not life-threatening. Thanks so much for your concern.

    • jimbrony

      Wrong. According to the PA Drivers Manual they have the right to be on the road as well as having the right-of-way. Check it out, page 54. That might be your opinion, but you are wrong as far as the State laws are concerned.

      • jimbrony

        7 people think the law doesn’t apply to them. Must be liberals or Democrats – good at making laws and rules they want others to follow as long as they don’t have to follow them themselves.

      • joe

        That may be the law,I didn’t check your facts,but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.
        I pay to register & insure my vehicle that I operate on the roads.
        What do runners & bicycle riders pay?
        They are an uninsured nuisance & hazard on the roads.

      • jimbrony

        So – Joe – that doctor or attorney that also happens to be a jogger or cyclist – has no right to be on the same roads as us? Someone that pays more taxes than most of us? How about the kiddies on their way to and from school – how are they supposed to get to school and back – or even the bus stop for that matter. Your ignorance of the law is only surpassed by your general ignorance towards others.

    • jimbrony

      Maybe his wife doesn’t have her license. Maybe she doesn’t feel comfortable driving his truck. Maybe they called the ambulance and there was a two-hour wait because his situation wasn’t dire. Maybe the runners changed direction quickly and he didn’t have a chance to react. I love people like you that have all the answers after the fact. You should star on ‘Jeopardy, the Day After’.

      • Kelly

        Are you serious? No such thing as a “wait” for an ambulance. it’s not like ordering pizza… “Excuse me sir your ambulance will be arriving in 40 minutes “

      • jimbrony

        Not too familiar with EMS, are you Kelly? First of all, if you live in a remote area your wait might very well be 40 minutes, even with an emergency. So picture this scenario: All area ambulances are on a call on the interstate, scene of a multi-vehicle MVA. 911 gets a call to transport a person with a headache. Do you think they are going to divert one of the ambulances from the MVA, or dispatch the next available ambulance from 30 miles away? Perhaps in your charmed life you’ve never had to wait for anything but the reality is you might have to wait for ambulance transportation for a non-emergency, non-life threatening situation.

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