Road Worker Lifeflighted / Emporium Driver Jailed
An Emporium man was jailed on felony aggravated assault charges and a Gaines Township (Tioga County) road worker was lifeflighted to a trauma center after an altercation at a roadwork site late Wednesday morning.
Vincent A. Earle, 25, of Emporium, PA, was charged by State Police at Mansfield with:
Randall Ferguson, 55, of Gaines, PA, a Gaines Township road worker, was transported by Galeton Ambulance to a landing zone where a helicopter transported him to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of a broken nose, broken leg and lacerations to his arm.
According to a published report in the Wellsboro Gazette, State Police said Earle reportedly drove his 2004 Dodge Ram truck north through the work zone at a high rate of speed, nearly striking a road grader. Ferguson stopped Earle at the intersection and attempted to get his license information. Earle attempted to drive away, at which time Ferguson reportedly punched Earle and grabbed onto the truck. Earle then allegedly knocked Ferguson off the truck and struck/dragged him with the vehicle. Earle then reportedly fled south on Elk Run Road.
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