Storm Played a Role in Deadly Crash

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WEST BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The storm played a role in a deadly crash in Schuylkill County.

Police say traffic lights were knocked out when an SUV and tow truck collided at the intersection of Route 61 and Summer Valley Road near Deer Lake Monday night.

Franklin Ruch, 54, of Lehighton, was driving the SUV and died at the scene.

The tow truck driver wasn’t hurt.

Police say Ruch was the chairman of the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors.


  • Lisa Marshinski

    Uh, just because the lights were out, it doesn’t give you the free pass to fly through intersections.

    • lickerblisters

      That’s right. When a traffic light is out it’s treated as a fourway stop. Storms always get blamed for everything. Especially when it snows. Let’s start blaming the real reason, the dysfunctional driver!

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