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17-ton concrete slab from building falls on truck, traps driver

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:28:20 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 28 2013 06:08:52 AM EDT

Bank building collapse


Emergency crews were called to the scene Tuesday of a reported collapse at a bank in Monroe County.

Around 4 p.m., a truck with a boom tried to enter a drive-through lane at the Wayne Bank on Route 611, near the Stroud Mall, said Capt. Brian Kimmins, Stroud Area Regional Police Dept.

Police said at the exit to the drive-through, an outside face fall of concrete approximately 48 feet long and 12 feet wide came down from the building and crashed into the truck, pinning the driver's legs.


The driver of the truck was identified as Edward Shucoski Jr. of Pittston, Luzerne Co.

The Stroud Twp. Fire Department contacted construction company Papillion and Moyer to help with lifting the concrete slab off the truck. Workers estimated the slab weighed nearly 17 tons.

Workers were able to lift the concrete piece off the truck within an hour, then it took another 20 minutes to free Shucoski from the truck, police said.

Shucoski was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest in Salisbury Twp., Lehigh Co. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police said an accident reconstruction team is investigating what happened and to determine what caused the concrete piece to fall off the building.