17-Ton Concrete Slab Drops on Driver

Pa. driver escapes serious injury from slab fall

An eastern Pennsylvania man says he's lucky to be alive after a concrete slab weighing nearly 17 tons fell onto a truck he was driving.

Officials say 36-year-old Edward Shucosky Jr. of Pittston was leaving a bank drive-thru near Stroud Mall in Monroe County when the 48-foot-long concrete overhang hit the hood and windshield of the truck just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The father of two spent more than an hour in the driver's seat while crews tried to free him. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment but was discharged Wednesday, having sustained nothing worse than a sprained ankle.

"A bruised and sprained ankle and that is it.  Other than that, nothing.  I walked out of it with not a mark on me," Shucosky told WBRE.

Shucosky, who helps install traffic signals and street lights, said “a few seconds later and it could have been a lot worse.”

He says friends and family have told him to buy lottery tickets to keep the lucky streak going.

“I might want to go give that a try and see what happens," he told WBRE with a laugh.

Police are investigating why the slab fell.

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