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Update: Pa. senator in a lot of pain after motorcycle crash

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2015 10:07 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Senator Pat Browne (L) talks with Senator Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, (R) on the floor of the state Senate at the Capitol.


(Harrisburg) -- A senator at the forefront of education funding, a potential pension overhaul and state budget issues is said to be "in a lot of pain'' after a weekend motorcycle accident. 

A top aide to state Senator Pat Browne says the Lehigh County Republican suffered a punctured lung, cracked ribs and a broken foot. 

Browne chief of staff Ellen Kern says he's in considerable pain but can talk.

She says he doesn't expect to be released from the hospital right away. 

Police say the 51-year-old Browne's motorcycle went out of control Saturday afternoon in Allentown. 

It's being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence but he has not been charged.  

Browne's license was suspended after drunken-driving crashes in 1995 and 1999.


(Allentown) --  A state senator is in stable condition after a motorcycle crash on an interstate off-ramp that police say is being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence. 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman said in a statement Senator Patrick Browne "suffered considerable injuries'' and is expected to remain hospitalized ``for the upcoming days.''  

They said their "thoughts and prayers'' were with Browne and his family "during this very difficult time.'' 

State police in Lehigh County say the 51-year-old Republican was on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was heading west on I-78 when it went out of control on an Allentown off-ramp just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  

Browne's license was suspended after drunken-driving crashes in 1995 and 1999.  

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