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Turnpike crashes

State police at Pocono report on the following crashes on the Northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike:

• Thomas A. Matthews, 40, of Chester Springs, escaped injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 5:15 a.m. Aug. 30 in Kidder Township.

Police said he was driving a 2021 Nissan Rogue northbound near mile marker 97.5 when he lost control of the vehicle and it struck the center concrete barrier, coming to rest on the berm.

• Three vehicles were damaged in a mishap at 2:49 p.m. Sept. 4 in Penn Forest Township. No one was injured.

Police said it happened near mile marker 81.3 southbound when a vehicle driven Abigail G. Myers, 20, of Wellsboro, failed to slow in time, hitting a vehicle driven by Gavin J. Snyder, 23, of Schnecksville. The impact caused the Snyder vehicle to strike the rear-end of a third vehicle, whose operator police did not identify.

Police said Myers’ vehicle had damages to its front bumper while the other two vehicles had front-end and rear-end damages.

• Andrew Poncala, 57, of Wilkes-Barre, was cited for failure to drive at a safe speed following mishap at 11:16 a.m. Sept. 4 at mile marker 71.5 in East Penn Township.

Police said a 2008 Ford Focus driven by Poncala struck the rear of a 2017 Toyota Sienna driven by Sofiya Myronyuk, 19, of Scranton, after the latter had slowed down and stopped due to traffic.

Police said two passengers in the Focus, Wendy A. Poncala, 51, and David Atwell, 39, both of Nanticoke, were transported to the St. Luke’s Hospital, Carbon Campus, Franklin Township, by the Palmerton and Lehighton ambulances. Police said the driver had possible injuries but was not transported to the hospital.

Myronyuk and six passengers in the Sienna were all uninjured.

• Emmanuel A. Pena-Marte, 36, of Allentown, was cited for failure to drive at a safe speed after a three-vehicle crash at 5:52 p.m. Sept. 1 in Washington Township on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

It happened near mile marker 66.3 northbound when a 2013 Kenworth operated by Pena-Marte struck the rear of a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 operated by Carmen A. Polutro II, 60, of Franklinville, New Jersey, pushing it into the rear of a 2019 BMW driven by Jared T. Stefanick, 48, of Drums.

No one was injured in the incident.

• Salisu Bangura, 30, of Lansford, was cited for traffic violations and driving with a suspended license after a one-vehicle crash at 6:20 a.m. Aug. 27.

Police said Bangura was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox northbound at mile marker 82.5 in Penn Forest Township when the car crossed both lanes of travel.

He struck the concrete center barrier, before crossing both lanes again and traveling up and down an embankment. He was not injured.

• An crash at 6:06 a.m. Aug. 31 in a construction zone in Kidder Township resulted in a Dunmore man being cited.

Police said Willie M. Barham, 50, was cited for an incident near mile marker 88.7 when Barham was operating a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado northbound when he failed to pull off the roadway in a safe location to address mechanical issues with the trailing unit of the vehicle (utility trailer). Police said the Silverado was struck by a 2019 Western Star operated by Keith Quattlebaum, 50, of Browns Mills, New Jersey, which forced the Western Star to strike a 2023 Freightliner Cascadia driven by Ilya I. Danilchyk, 27, of Philadelphia.

Police said the Western Star was able to be driven off the roadway into an emergency pull-off areas while the utility trailer became detached from the Silverado. The Silverado and Freightliner had disabling damages, police said.

A passenger in the Silverado, Barrington Walker, 49, also of Dunmore, had minor injuries and was transported by personnel from the Lehighton Ambulance Association to the St. Luke’s Hospital, Carbon Campus, Franklin Township.