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Butler Township Police Investigating Accident Which Killed Ashland Man

Posted Scott B. Cooper on Nov 15, 2012 in News


Posted on Nov 15, 2012

A 25-year-old Ashland man died when the car in which he was a passenger struck a mail delivery van, a parked pickup truck and a house on Route 61 around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Scott P. Clews said he pronounced Sean Harris dead at 1:03 p.m. at the scene of the crash.

Butler Township Police are investigating the crash.  Personnel at the scene identified the driver of the car as Jack Harris, also of Ashland. Harris was taken to a Pottsville hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.  A woman delivering mail for the United States Postal Service whose vehicle was struck by the Harris car was taken to Shamokin Hospital for observation.

Ronald Wolfe of Ashland was driving a pickup truck south on Route 61 when he said the Harris vehicle passed him in a legal passing zone.  As the road merged back into one lane, Wolfe said the Harris car was in front of him when the driver veered to the left over the center line and then back into the proper lane. The car then veered to the left again crossing the northbound lane and hitting the mail delivery van causing it to spin around and continue south along the northbound berm of the road.

The car continued until it struck a pickup truck owned by James Neumeister of Fountain Springs that was parked at his home.  A portion of Route 61 was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash

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