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Update: Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Accident in Upper Macungie Identified

Richard James, 54, of Reinholds, was struck and killed Thursday morning, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said.

Updated 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

A 54-year-old man who was standing outside his tractor trailer was struck and killed Thursday morning off Ruppsville Road in Upper Macungie, the Lehigh County Coroner's office said.

Richard James, of 675 N. Ridge Road, Reinholds, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Wendy Brantley.

According to the coroner's office, James was standing outside his tractor trailer in the 7500 block of Morris Court when it was hit by another tractor trailer, subsequently striking him.

The cause and manner of death is pending an autopsy on Friday.

The coroner's office and the Berks Lehigh Regional Police are investigating.

The accident happened shortly after 6 a.m. 

Parkland Parent October 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Please take note supervisor board, tragedies like this occur when you have this much truck traffic and overbuilding in a small area. I am sure we will continue to see more of this, along with the associated pollution. The new UMPD should also take note and work to ensure these out of area drivers know the roads from a speeding and rules perspetive, our community has become a truck mecca. Anyone who lives on or near Rt. 100 knows what I am taking about, great place by a school also. Praying for the driver and his family.
Parkland Parent October 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Excellent point previous...Where is the note on the Parkland School Bus incident? How long until the insane traffic in our community really does tragic damage to a school bus. Fogelsville Elementary is in the middle of a war zone for our young students. SLOW DOWN people. Note to UMPD.....Out of state truckers and speeding residents = NOT GOOD.
Mary Ellen Alu October 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Police said drivers in the SUV, empty school bus accident were treated for minor injuries. http://uppermacungie.patch.com/articles/suv-parkland-school-bus-collide
Sarah Jean Underwood October 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
tractor trailers were not a factor in the accident, a jackass in a SUV 4wheeler burned a red light and slammed the bus, and other cars pinballed as well
Mary Ellen Alu October 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Just to be clear...2 separate accidents this morning. The fatal involved 2 tractor trailers. The other, with minor injuries, involved SUV, empty bus.

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