By Kaylee Lindenmuth
BARNESVILLE - A Mahanoy City man was taken to a Coaldale, complaining of chest pain, after an early morning crash in the village of Barnesville today.
According to State Police at Frackville, the crash occurred at 7:31am on Barnesville Drive and Walnut Streets. A school bus was stopped on Route 54 picking up students, and traffic had been stopped behind the bus.
Troopers say Leonard Kurpell, 79, of Mahanoy City, approached the stopped traffic, failing to brake in time to stop. Kurpell's 2003 Buick Century swerved right, up a roadside embankment, across the driveway of a home at 873 Barnesville Drive, where the vehicle struck a stone retaining wall.
The car continued east along the berm before striking the right rear tires of a 1988 Kenworth TK, driven by Paul Turner, 44, of Germanville.
Kurpell was seatbelted, and multiple airbags deployed in his vehicle, which was disabled and towed from the scene. Kurpell was unhurt, and no damage was reported on the tractor trailer.
However, Kurpell complained of chest pain, and was subsequently transported to Saint Lukes Medical Center in Coaldale by Ryan Township EMS.
Assisting at the scene were fire crews from Hometown.
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