- Jun 22, 2001
Tough year for Repub's.
Pretty sad, especially right before the election.HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A longtime Pennsylvania state senator has died after his Cadillac collided head-on with a truck.
Legislative leaders say Sen. James Rhoades died Saturday. He and his wife, Mary, were taken to a hospital after the crash Friday.
Senate aides say Mary Rhoades' injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The accident is being investigated.
The 66-year-old Republican had served for seven terms and was chairman of the Education Committee. He was campaigning for an eighth term.
A Senate Republican spokesman says the party would have to get a court's permission to remove Rhoades' name from the ballot and replace him.
He started in the Senate in 1981 and represents northeastern Pennsylvania's coal country.