MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

A Louisiana man was seriously injured when the car in which he was a passenger hit a tree early Sunday morning in Carbon County.

The accident happened at 5:30 a.m. on Orioles  Drive in Mahoning Township.

A Mercury Milan driven by Pasquale Verrastro Jr. of Mahoning Township was traveling west at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went off the roadway and struck a tree, reported township police.

The passenger  Alexander Landry of Mandeville, La., was trapped with major injuries.

Members of the Lehighton Fire Department worked for about an hour to free Landry, who then was flown by medical helicopter to St Luke's Hospital in Lehigh County.

Township police said charges against Pasquale are pending the results of a blood test.