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Car accident in East Norwegian Twp. leaves one dead, one injured

Christopher Gibas died at the scene of Rt. 209 crash.

Fatal East Norwegian Twp. accident

EAST NORWEGIAN TWP., Pa. - One person died in a single car accident at around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday evening in Schuylkill County.

Christopher Gibas, 41, of Pottsville, was killed in the accident on Route 209 in East Norwegian Township, just south of Payton St.

Gibas was driving a Jeep Cherokee at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the SUV, causing it to go airborne, strike a tree and flip onto its roof, according to Pa. State Police.

The passenger, Rick J. Reilly, 48, of Pottsville, was trapped in the vehicle, police said.

Reilly suffered moderate injuries.

He was taken to the hospital.

Rt. 209 was closed for about two hours.

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