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Firefighters Rescue 3 from Partially Submerged Truck

Vehicle stalled on flooded Lower Macungie roadway; no one injured.

Three occupants had to be rescued when their pick-up truck stalled in rising floodwater in Lower Macungie Township during last weekend’s storm.

No one was injured, according to Lower Macungie Fire Department Chief David Nosal, but the trio was stranded about 25 feet from dry land. The unidentified driver misjudged the depth of the water, which came up to about the height of the lower portion of the door.

Firefighters were called about 1 a.m. Sunday to Spring Creek Road near Laurel Lane, Nosal said. There they found a passenger still in the truck and two other occupants in the truck bed.

Firefighters donned life preservers and secured a rope to the truck, he said. They followed the rope and took the victims preservers as well.

“Every time it rains [heavily], we have to pick someone out of the water in that area,” he said.

Carl W May 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Safety message constantly advised: NEVER go through flooded area. Even if you think it's shallow, could have carried objects able to puncture tires. Also, again even if seems shallow, any movement at all could be enough to push your vehicle. Be smart - find another route!

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