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Crashes probed

Published February 28. 2013 05:04PM

State police at Lehighton reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers recently.

A crash was reported about 12:02 p.m. on Feb. 19 along Spruce Hollow Road in Towamensing Township, Carbon County. Troopers said Robert A. Schermerhorn, 43, of Kunkletown, driving a 2010 Kia Rio, and Ruben Arias, 37, of Glen Spey, N.Y., driving a 2006 BMW M6, were both westbound. Schermerhorn lost control due to driving too fast for conditions with snow on the road, and traveled southwest alongside Arias' vehicle. The Kia struck the driver side rear of the BMW, then came to rest on the shoulder.

Schermerhorn sustained a minor injury but did not require immediate medical attention. Arias and his three passengers were not injured. Troopers cited Schermerhorn for driving a vehicle at a (un) safe speed.

A second crash occurred on Feb. 19, about 1:24 p.m., along Interchange Road (SR209), in Polk Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Dora A. Wentz, 53, of Lehighton, was driving a 2010 Suzuki southbound when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road. The vehicle slid off the road and stuck a mailbox, address sign, brick pillar, white fence, and utility pole before coming to rest.

Wentz was injured and taken to the Lehighton hospital, troopers said. Polk Township Fire Company volunteers assisted at the scene.

A one vehicle crash was reported at 1:10 a.m. on Feb. 20 along Burger Hollow Road in Polk Township. Troopers said Nicholas J. Rummell, 18, of Kunkletown, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound when he lost control while negotiating a left curve due to ice on the road.

The Ford slid onto the east shoulder where it impacted with a utility pole with the front passenger side. The pole was sheered in half.

Rummell was injured but did no require immediate medical attention. Damages were termed major to the vehicle.

Rummell was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

A one vehicle crash was reported about 10:08 a.m. on Feb. 21 along Forest Inn Road in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. Troopers said Samuel J. George, 90, of Palmerton, was driving a 2003 Buick northbound and attempting to negotiate a left curve when he lost control after hitting a patch of ice. The car crossed the center line while spinning counter-clockwise.

The car then struck a utility pole along the berm. After impact the car spun clockwise around the pole and came to rest facing east.

George was not injured.

A one vehicle crash occurred about 2:06 p.m. on Feb. 23 along Mountain View Drive, in Polk Township. Troopers said Andrew D. Atherton, 17, of Effort, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck westbound and failed to negotiate a left curve. The truck left the road and struck a tree off the north berm.

Atherton sustained a minor injury but did not require immediate medical attention.

He was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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