Five die in Lehigh accident
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Five persons were killed in this crash Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Mountain and Bake Oven Knob roads in Heidleberg Township, Lehigh County.
Five persons were killed in a collision of a tow truck and car along a Lehigh County road on Thursday afternoon.
State police at Bethlehem said the crash occurred about 2:36 p.m. at the intersection of Mountain and Bake Oven roads in Heidelberg Township.
Troopers said four persons in a 1997 Subaru sedan, three males and one female, and the male driver of a 1997 Chevrolet C650 truck, died in the crash. A passenger in the truck survived.
The names of the victims were not released as of press time this morning. The coroner's office was attempting to notify the next of kin of the victims. A spokesperson at the office said this morning that the names would be released later in the day.
Troopers said the Subaru was traveling northbound on Bake Oven while the tow truck, hauling a box truck, was westbound on Mountain Road.
Troopers said the driver of the sedan failed to negotiate a stop sign and entered the lane of travel of the tow truck. The Subaru was struck by the tow truck. After impact both vehicles came to rest off the travel lanes in a swampy area in front of Haak's Tavern.
The vehicles struck a utility pole in the swampy area causing about 200 customers in the township to lose electrical service.
All five were pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner's office personnel. The passenger in the tow truck was transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for treatment.