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Man struck by empty coal train

| Friday, July 1, 2011

A Perryopolis man who police said was struck by a train on Thursday while putting pennies on the tracks in Charleroi was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side.

Jonathan Scowary, 25, who was in town to have dinner with a female companion, was hit around 3:30 p.m. near the rail crossing on Fifth Street at the entrance to Chamber Plaza, Charleroi police Lt. Michael Polinski said.

Scowary put some pennies on the track then ran ahead, apparently not realizing how close the approaching train was, Polinski said. He was placing more pennies on the track when he was hit, Polinski said. The lieutenant said hospital personnel reported Scowary was admitted in critical condition.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband said the man was hit by a train consisting of 130 empty coal hoppers en route to a mine.

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