UPDATE: Serious Accident Reported In Lower Macungie

Allentown woman badly hurt when car turns in front of tractor-trailer and is struck, police say.

A 74-year-old Allentown woman was seriously injured Tuesday evening when the vehicle in which she was riding pulled in front of a tractor-trailer in Lower Macungie that struck the side of their car, according to police.

Rosemarie Snyder received "major injuries" in the 6:21 p.m. accident, according to . Police said the rig's front fender hit the passenger-side door where Snyder was seated.

Snyder was riding in the car driven by William E. Snyder, 78. The car was stopped southbound on Route 222 in the left turning lane at Krocks Road, police said. William Snyder began to turn left as the signal turned yellow, believing he had sufficient time to cross. However, the tractor-trailer traveling northbound and operated by Lazaro W. Brito, 39, of Long Branch, N.J., could not stop and slammed into the Snyders' Toyota Camry.

The truck continued onto the berm and up against an embankment, police said. Their car continued up and over the same embankment.

The Snyders had to be rescued from the wreckage by the Lower Macungie Fire Department, according to emergency transmissions. William Snyder was uninjured, police said. Rosemarie Snyder was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by .

Brito received a minor injury and also was taken to LVH, police said.

The truck driver used his brakes and air horn, police said. He left 75 yards  of skid marks.

No charges were noted for either driver on the police report.

The northbound lanes of the bypass were closed for a time as a result of the accident.

dan October 12, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Its not the first or last accident at that intersection. Its obvious that the intersection was not well planned out and speed is not enforced enough. The speed limit is 55 mph but cars and trucks easily do 75mph. Its a Bypass but people use it as a highway. There isnt enough stoppage time once a tractor trailer goes over the bridge and then notices the yellow light. Like I said, there has been plenty of accident at that intersection and PENNDOT and Local authorities will continue to ignore it.


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