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Man Dies After Being Pulled From Truck Submerged In Lake Scranton

December 4, 2018

Man Dies After Being Pulled From Truck Submerged In Lake Scranton

ROARING BROOK TWP. — The man who was pulled out of a submerged truck in Lake Scranton Tuesday morning has died.

The 59-year-old man from the Lehigh Valley area died in Geisinger Community Medical Center’s emergency department, Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said. The man’s name has not been released; the death is still under investigation, Rowland said.

Emergency personnel pulled the unresponsive man from a truck submerged in the Roaring Brook Twp. side of Lake Scranton after he veered off the Pennsylvania Water Company’s access road, Police Chief Donald Hickey said.

The incident was reported shortly after 8 a.m.

Police believe the man had been submerged in the dark, four-door Dodge pickup truck for about 20 minutes before police arrived on scene, the chief said. Police and local emergency rescue agencies had responded to a report of a pickup truck submerged in Lake Scranton with one occupant inside the vehicle, according to the Lackawanna County 911 Center.

The man was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center, Hickey said in an interview at the scene. The man’s identity and condition, and what exactly happened, were not immediately available.

“Our water quality team is involved,” Susan Turcmanovich, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania American Water, said. “At this point, there’s no indication that anything has leaked into the water. We are deploying containment units, booms and pads just in case, as a precaution.”

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