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A Pittston man is counting his blessings after he was able to walk away from what could have been a deadly accident. Edward Shucosky Jr. only has a minor injury after a 17 ton piece of wall fell on the truck he was in.
Pittston, Luzerne County - A Pittston man is counting his blessings after he was able to walk away from what could have been a deadly accident.  Edward Shucosky Jr. only has a minor injury after a 17 ton piece of wall fell on the truck he was in.  Looking at the damage the truck sustained, it's hard to believe Shucosky got out of the hospital Tuesday and is already back on his feet just one day after being trapped underneath that concrete wall for over an hour. 

Shucosky says "I just wanted out of that truck as quick as possible because I didn't know what was going to happen.  If it was going to get worse or better, just get me out of there."  He had a 17 ton concrete wall fall on the construction truck he was driving and lives to tell about it.  "A bruised and sprained ankle and that is it.  Other than that, nothing.  I walked out of it with not a mark on me," he says.

It happened Wednesday while he was on a job site on Route 611 in Stroud Township.  Shucosky says "I didn't realize what was going on and just thought 'get me out of this truck' once I realized what was going on and I saw people running over in all directions and the first responders showed up and helped me get out of the truck as quick as they were able to."  He says he was making a u-turn in the Wayne Bank  parking lot when all of a sudden he was pinned inside his vehicle.  First responders spent more than an hour trying to set him free from the wreckage.  Shucosky says "one thing they said saved me was the boom on the bucket.  When the slab came down it leaned into it, so it didn't fall completely into the hood, but it was close enough for me." 

He was taken by ambulance and then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital.  He says when he called his wife to tell her what happened, she didn't believe him.  "She actually thought I was joking until I put one of the paramedics on the phone with her and then I think she realized what was going on," Shucosky.  His family is happy to have him home and things turned out in Shucosky's favor this time, but he says since being released from the hospital he's reminded of how lucky he really is.  "Everyone keeps telling me to go buy lottery tickets, so I might want to go give that a try and see what happens," he laughs.
 
Shucosky says he only needs the crutches for a few days and will return to work in about a week.  The investigation into how this all happened is still underway.
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