By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - A late afternoon accident Wednesday claimed the life of a 13-year-old on Shenandoah's west end.
Police say Scott Ort, of 407 West Cherry Street, was struck by a minivan at the intersection of West Centre Street and Gilbert Street around 5:15pm.
Ort suffered a severe head injury and was treated at the scene by Shenandoah Community Ambulance, and transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Schuylkill, and subsequently flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest in Allentown, Lehigh County. There, he was pronounced dead at 3:18am early Thursday morning.
According to police, Ort was travelling northbound on Gilbert Street, down the South Gilbert Street hill, and proceeded into the intersection with West Centre Street, where he was struck by the minivan, driven by a Lansford, Carbon County woman, who was on her way to her daughter's basketball game at the Shenandoah Valley High School gymnasium
Police say no charges are pending against the Lansford woman at this time.
Assisting Shenandoah Police and Shenandoah EMS at the scene were the Shenandoah Fire Department and Shenandoah Ambulance.