Pa. senator killed in head on wreck

10/18/2008 HARRISBURG, PA Legislative leaders say Sen. James Rhoades died Saturday. He and his wife, Mary, were taken to a hospital after the crash Friday.

There was no immediate word on Mary Rhoades' condition. 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.

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