Ritner Highway reopens after early morning fatal accident

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Ritner Highway reopened at around 8:50 a.m. this morning after being closed for almost four hours. At about 4:45 a.m., a man was driving North on Ritner Highway when he lost control of his car for an unknown reason. The vehicle traveled off the road, struck a mailbox and slid sideways into a telephone pole, impacting the driver’s side of the car.

Penelec crews responded to the scene to stabilize the pole. The driver of the car was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Pennsylvania State Police is still investigating the accident and the driver’s name will be released after his family is notified.

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