SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA – Around 1:30 PM on Monday, April 3, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched Fire Districts 26 (Ryan Twp.), 6 (Delano Twp.), 25 (Rush Twp. – Hometown) with Mahanoy City Engine 454 (Citizens), Ryan Twp. EMS and APTS Medic 11 to the area of 2086 Burma Road in Ryan Township for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment.
First responding units were advised callers were reporting a two vehicle crash with entrapment and possibly one person deceased in a vehicle. Mahanoy City EMS was added to the call due to the seriousness of the call. Mahanoy City Rescue 469 (West End) was also added as they were returning from a previous incident.
Chief 455 arrived on the scene to find one heavily damaged vehicle off the roadway. The chief reported there was one person in that vehicle that was deceased but not trapped. No other injuries were reported.
Bystanders on the scene stated the vehicle attempted to pass multiple vehicles heading toward Saint Clair and lost control, striking another vehicle before striking a tree and then rolling over. Most of the roof was ripped off the car and was laying in the middle of the Burma. A pick-up truck along the road could be seen with damage to the driver’s side door and a smashed window.
Deputy Coroner Dave Truskowsky arrived on the scene and as did The Pennsylvania State Police who both began their investigation. Chief 26 requested Hometown Fire Police shut down the roadway near Mountain Valley Golf Course and Saint Clair Fire to shut down the roadway in their borough as he believed PSP was going to reconstruct the accident.
With no need for fire department, Engine 454 and 26-10 cleared the scene and left fire police in the area to keep the roadway shut down. The road was closed well into the evening hours as the investigation continued.