Shenandoah man dies in Route 54 crash
MAHANOY CITY - A woman collided with another car, killing its driver Saturday in Mahanoy Township, shortly after she struck a pedestrian.
Both accidents occurred on Route 54 about 12:30 a.m., according to state police at Frackville.
Killed in the crash was James Hossler, 62, of Shenandoah, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner David Truskowsky, Mahanoy City.
The incidents began in the area of the St. Nicholas Bridge where Shirl M. Mumie, 37, of Shenandoah, driving a 1997 Chevrolet S1500 pickup truck east on Route 54 toward Mahanoy City, struck Joseph Minnich, 41, of Mahanoy City, who was walking east on the eastbound shoulder.
Trooper Michael Breznik said Minnich tried to avoid being hit but was struck by the left side of the vehicle.
Mumie left the scene, traveling east toward Mahanoy City. About 1½ miles down the road, she lost control of the vehicle, causing her truck to cross over the center line and collide head on with a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Hossler.
Trooper Mike Van Buskirk said the truck came to a stop in the westbound lane facing east while the Cavalier was found a short distance away, also in the westbound lane facing east.
Mumie was treated at the scene by EMS and then taken to the Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, where she was placed aboard a Life Flight helicopter and flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Route 54 was closed for several hours while police, along with a state police accident reconstruction expert, conducted their investigation and the vehicles were removed.
Hossler was trapped inside his vehicle and removed by Mahanoy City firefighters who worked for about 20 minutes to free him from the twisted wreckage.
Mahanoy City EMS, ALS units from Shenandoah and Pottsville-Schuylkill Haven Area EMS and Shenandoah fire police assisted.
Police from Mahanoy City and Shenandoah were also at the scene to assist.