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Hit-and-Run Driver Damages Lower Mac Barn

Man caught whose tractor-trailer pushed protective barrier into structure, police say.

A concrete barrier designed to protect a Lower Macungie barn from being damaged by errant motorists was pushed into the structure May 22 by a tractor-trailor, causing significant damage to an alcove.

The damage was caused by a hit-and-run driver, who eventually was caught and charged, according to .

The accident occurred at 5:39 p.m. at Schoeneck and Mountain roads. Ellis C. Casto, 66, of Norman Park, Ga., cut the corner of the intersection too sharp, police said. The rear tires of the trailer struck the barrier, knocking it into the wood alcove of the barn and causing damage.

Casto left the scene without reporting the incident, police said. The truck was found parked on Industrial Boulevard in Upper Macungie Township. Casto was cited for hit and run on unattended property.

Police said Casto was uninjured.

Trish June 08, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I drive through this intersection 3 times a week. This is the 3rd time this barn has been hit in the past few months (that I know of). I agree that it was completely wrong for this driver to leave the scene, however, the majority of the damage has been there since the first time it was hit a few months ago and I don't think it is right to blame him for it.
tamarya June 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I used to live in the mobile home right there on the other side of schoeneck. Take a look how trucks destroyed that yard also. 18 wheelers come through there and try to turn when they cannot. We lived there in that mobile home 5 yrs and lets just say we would have never replaced that home with an 80 foot or they would have destroyed our house also.

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