State police at Lehighton report on crashes
State police at Lehighton reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers.
• A one-vehicle crash was reported at 7:29 p.m. on Jan. 10 along Route 209 in Polk Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Catherine L. Stengele, 47, of Allentown, was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse northbound when she drove over a patch of ice. She lost control of the vehicle which left the road and struck a utility pole.
Stengele had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital- Carbon campus, with suspected minor injuries. The vehicle had to be towed.
Troopers said the roadway was closed in both directions while a PPL crew repaired the pole.
• A one-vehicle crash occurred at 4:55 p.m. on Jan. 9 along Route 248 at the on-ramp in Palmerton. Troopers said a 17-year-old male from Palmerton was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Passat westbound with roads slippery due to icy conditions. Troopers said the teen was traveling too fast for conditions and failed to negotiate a left hand curve. He lost control of the vehicle, continued across a snow-covered grassy area, next to the off-ramp. The vehicle rolled-over onto its passenger side and roof before striking a section of guide rail. The vehicle came to rest facing west on the ramp.
The teen and his passenger, a 17-year-old female from Easton, were not injured. The vehicle had to be towed.
• Another one-vehicle crash was reported at 9:53 p.m. on Jan. 9 along Covered Bridge Road in Lower Towamensing Township. Troopers said Linda Meyer, 46, of Kunkletown, was driving a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country southbound and too fast for conditions on the wet road. She failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the road with the vehicle going onto the berm and struck a tree with its front end. After impact, due to the increased speed, the vehicle bounced off the tree and came to final rest west of the southbound lane, troopers said.
Meyer was not injured but the vehicle was towed.
She was cited for driving a vehicle at a unsafe speed.
• Troopers investigated a one-vehicle crash at 10:11 p.m. on Jan. 5 along Forest Inn Road in Towamensing Township. Troopers said Gavin M. Opdycke, 19, of Lehighton, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound when he left his lane of travel due to a deer entering the road. The vehicle went onto the berm and struck a brick and concrete pillar. The vehicle then traveled about 60 feet before coming to rest in a yard.
Opdycke was not injured but the vehicle had to be towed. Opdycke was cited for the crash.