NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP - A male was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre Wednesday after the motorcycle he was operating struck a car at the intersection of James Street and Hawes Lane in North Towanda Township, police said.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. as the motorcyclist, who police have not yet identified, was traveling east on James Street, state Trooper Moser said.

At that time, Marlene Niemiec of Towanda, who was operating a Cadillac Coupe Deville sedan, was traveling north on Hawes Lane, Moser said.

As Niemiec made a left-hand turn from Hawes Lane into the westbound lane of James Street, her vehicle was struck by the motorcycle, police said.

Motorists traveling north on Hawes Lane must stop for a stop sign when they reach the intersection with James Street. There are no stop signs at the intersection for motorists traveling on James Street.

A witness said that Niemiec did stop for the stop sign, according to Moser.

"She (Niemiec) claims that she didn't see the motorcycle" before pulling out onto James Street, Moser said.

Moser said he was still investigating the accident, and had not had a chance yet to talk to the motorcyclist and that he did not know how severe the motorcyclist's injuries were. Moser said he was told by a firefighter that the motorcyclist had a shoulder injury, but did not know if he had other injuries.

Gerald Sheets, an assistant chief with the North Towanda Volunteer Fire Company, said he did not think the motorcyclist's injuries were life-threatening.

Niemiec "claims that she was not injured," Moser said.

Both the motorcycle and the sedan had to be towed.

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