Lower Mac Barn Struck Again By Hit-Run Driver, Police Say

Structure at Mountain and Schoeneck roads has been hit several times by turning trucks.

A Lower Macungie barn that has become an unintentional target for hit-and-run drivers has been hit again, according to police.

A concrete barrier and shed that is attached to the barn at Mountain and Schoeneck roads was struck by a truck trailer between 6 p.m. Jan. 2 and 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3, according to state police at Fogelsville. The tractor-trailer was traveling east on Mountain Road and attempting to turn north onto Schoeneck Road.

The driver did not stop to report the accident, and police said they did not know if the trucker was injured.

Police did not have a description of the truck.

The barn also was struck on May 22 by a hit-and-run tractor-trailer driver. State police announced that they charged a Georgia man with hit and run after his rig was found parked on Industrial Boulevard in Upper Macungie Township.

Readers at that time said the structure had been hit several times within months prior to May 22.

Mountain Road is a narrow, windy dark rural road. Some residents have complained that the township should limit traffic on the road because of those conditions.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.

Janet Persing January 08, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Again? That poor homeowner whose barn keeps getting struck. Trucks do not read. The problem is our "advanced" GPS system/MapQuest/whatever blind navigation system vehicles have. This is not a way to (in)accurately get your target truck to the warehouse down below in the valley. Just thinking of tractor trailers on Mountain/State Road is ludicrous!
Janet Persing January 08, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Looking at the photo, I truly hope that this homeowner gets some insurance $ for damages caused by unknown people.
Ron Beitler January 09, 2013 at 01:46 AM
'No truck' signage isn't effective without enforcement. The PSP while providing great service to our township (did you know at least 2 officers are in the township 24/7) do not I believe enforce ordinances such as no trucks on local roads. Warehousing and Police services go hand in hand. One just needs to look to UMT to understand. Unfortunately what alot of residents don't quite see is police services will equal a substantial tax increase. There simply is no way around it. WIth the Jaindl development we're committed to 1.5 million more square feet of superboxes and the truck traffic that come with it. Unless we want our local roads inundated with 18 wheeler traffic we need to begin thinking about our Police issue. Problem is of course no one wants to pay for it. (taxes) So how do we proceed? My hope.... with extreme CAUTION. Once your down that road you can't turn back. Police services are very expensive which is why I've called for not only a review of options in terms of service but also cost IN MILLAGE to the taxpayer. We must balance potential costs with service provided and other variables. This should have over the last decade.. Goes hand in hand with the lifecycle cost benefit analysis concept. This should have been done with Jaindl MOU. I and others been begging for this procedure over the last 2 years. Every development needs to be evaluated big picture that includes strain on services, infrastructure and effect on school district enrollment.
Michael D Siegel January 09, 2013 at 02:55 AM
1. If I were the property owner, I would get a surveyor and lay out the right-of-way. 2. I then would place sign on the property saying no trespassing of motor vehicles. 3. Then I would sue the township and the truck operator for damage to my property. This would force the township to correct the situation because their insurance carrier would say fix it properly. The things we have to do to force the township to adhere to their responsibilities of protecting the safety of the residents and their property. They have given a sworn oath to this pledge. No where does it say that truckers have the right to tear up our roads and properties. Its time the township do the right thing and pass an ordinance restricting all truck travel on this part of Schoneck Rd PERIOD. Lets prevent a semi from hitting a bus full of kids or waiting for a bus on Schoneck Rd
ron January 09, 2013 at 03:31 AM
There just is not enough room for 18 wheelers on these narrow winding back roads and that building is one or two steps from the road. Big Trucks plus a building right up against the road equals an accident waiting to happen.


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