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HOMETOWN - A Luzerne County man is in a Coaldale hospital after state police say he fell asleep at the wheel and struck a Freightliner box truck this morning.
According to State Police at Frackville, he crash happened around 8:30am in he Rush Township village of Hometown, when Patrick Fay, 35, of Freeland, was headed southbound on Claremont Avenue, Route 309, approaching the five points intersection in the village, in a 2002 Kia Optima.
Troopers say he fell asleep at the wheel approaching the intersection and ran into a Freightliner delivery truck stopped for the red light. Troopers added that Fay attempted to apply the brakes before the collision, "but it was too late."
Fay was not seatbelted, no airbag deployed, and he was thrown into the windshield in the crash.
Fay was treated at the scene by Tamaqua Ambulance and taken to Saint Luke's Hospital in Coaldale for treatment of a suspected serious injury, troopers said.
The two occupants in the box truck, 36-year-old Kevin Gillett from Scranton and 37-year-old Michael Oneill from Taylor, were both seatbelted and uninjured.
Assisting at the scene were Hometown Fire and Lehighton Ambulance.
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