Lightning may be the cause of a fire in Lower Macungie on Saturday evening
Dozens of volunteers battled both a house fire and intensely hot, humid conditions in Lower Macungie on Saturday evening. A lightning strike from a strong storm that blew through Lehigh County around 6 p.m. may be to blame for the blaze. Township firefighters were called about 6:30 p.m. to investigate a natural gas odor at 4753 Yorkshire Drive in the Hidden Valley Farms development. Chief David Nosal arrived and reported flames coming from around the chimney. Firefighters extinguished the flames, but had to pull apart much of the siding and other construction materials to fully put out the fire. That took time and manpower, especially in the hot and humid temperatures. In all, Nosal called for assistance from departments from Western …
Area man hurt when his car veers off Willow Lane and partially into creek, police say.
A Breinigsville-area man found himself in cold water on New Year's Day after his car went off a Lower Macungie Township road, struck a tree and partially submerged in a creek, police said. Samuel Correll, 61, was moderately hurt and taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by Macungie EMS, according to state police at Fogelsville. Correll's vehicle was southbound on Willow Lane at 7:05 a.m. near John Fries Drive and was traveling too fast for conditions when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said. Correll's car hit a tree, continued into a ditch and landed partially in the Little Lehigh Creek. Macungie EMS was assisted by Lower Macungie Fire Department. Correll was cited for traveling too fast for conditions, police said.