Lehighton police are still investigating a multivehicle crash that took place approximately 4 p.m. Thursday on North First Street.
The chain of events began minutes after Charlie Mae Ervin, of Jim Thorpe, parked her black Mercedes-Benz in front of the First National Pharmacy. She then went inside the pharmacy to send a fax. She heard a loud crash and went outside and found her car pushed onto the curb. The car had been pushed into a tree and a pile of garbage set by the curb for pickup. The trunk on her car had popped open after it was stuck.
Inside the parked car were her fiance and her three grandchildren. Her fiance and one of the grandchildren, 7-year-old Cyiah Blackwell, were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, by Lehighton ambulance for evaluation of pain in their backs and heads.
"I am so glad they had their seat belts on," she said. "It is something I stress all the time."
The next car hit, which was also in the rear, was a gold Chevrolet driven by Katelynn Solt, 19, of Lehighton. Solt complained of back pain and was also taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.
"I saw the accident happening in my rear view mirror," said Solt.
The third car struck was a black Oldsmobile, which had its rear bumper torn off. The car was knocked sideways by the impact. That driver was not identified by police.
The fourth vehicle involved in the crash was a dark green Suburban, which was the vehicle that had veered into the three cars and then was lodged in the front of an apartment building at 130 N. First St. The building also housed Bell Tone hearing aid store and is home to five families.
Police Chief Neal Ebbert said that the front of the building was being shored up, but that the families living in the home were instructed to vacate the building.
Police have not identified the driver of the Oldsmobile or Suburban.