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2 PennDOT workers released from hospital after hit by car on I-80

One worker remains hospitalized

TUNKHANNOCK TWP., Pa. - Two of the PennDOT workers hit by a car on Interstate 80 have been released from the hospital while a third remains hospitalized.

John Poccia, 38, Jeff Smith, 34, and Barrington Harze, 49, were patching potholes on I-80 westbound in Monroe County when they were hit by a car.

Smith and Harze were taken to the hospital for their injuries and were both released Tuesday night, according to PennDOT spokesperson Ron Young.

Poccia remains at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and is being treated for his injuries. State police said he had suspected serious injuries, but his condition Wednesday was not known.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. State police said a tractor-trailer rear-ended the car, pushing it into the work zone and causing it to strike the three workers and a truck.

Several passengers in the car were also treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Khurshed Naimov, 41, of Brooklyn, has been charged with following too closely.


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