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Driver charged in Polk Township collision where 4 were injured

Published November 11. 2019 08:36AM


Four people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at 7:28 p.m. Thursday on Route 209 (Interchange Road), in the area of the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company in Polk Township. State police at the Lehighton barracks investigated and said the driver of one of the vehicles was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

He is Dane J. Beers, 27, of Kresgeville, who was one of the injured parties. Police said he was transferred by the West End Ambulance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono, East Stroudsburg, and later transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.

The other people injured were Beers’ passenger, Natalie C. Hadley, 49, also of Kresgeville, who was taken to the Cedar Crest hospital by the Lehighton Ambulance; a 17-year-old female from Effort who was driving the second vehicle; and Melissa A. Duckworth, 36, of Saylorsburg, who was a passenger with the teen. The teen was transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono by the Palmerton Ambulance, while Duckworth was taken there in the West End Ambulance and was later transferred to Salisbury Township.

Witnesses said aircraft medical transportation was initially requested, but the helicopters were unable to fly due to weather conditions, necessitating the ambulances from the three companies.

Police said the crash occurred when Beers, driving a 1998 Ford Ranger, was southbound on Interchange Road. The pickup drifted/crossed the double yellow line and entered the path of a 1998 GMC Sierra driven northbound by the Effort teen. Police said Beers attempted to turn left into the southbound lane, but the teen was unable to avoid the collision and the vehicles hit in the road. Police said the Ranger’s point of impact was with its front bumper area at the 12 o’clock position while the GMC’s point of impact was its right front bumper area at the 1 o’clock position, with both vehicles sustaining major disabling damages.

Police were also assisted at the scene by volunteers from the Towamensing and Polk Township fire companies.

Beers was also charged with driving without insurance, DUI first offense, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to carry registration.

He is being held in Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.


I'll drink to that! A Beer for Beers, yea haw! Where's me keys?
Mr. Beers needs to stay locked up!
These nuts are all over, out there. Beer and alcohol is sold on every corner, and the Democrats want to make Pot legal for recreational use. Are you kidding me? Can we get back to sanity? Please?
And of course the R's are superior and don't want it made legal. Hi % of people under 50 smoke pot. Old white men have been making the laws in this country, so what say you about that sleepy head on social issues.
Dear Country-Girl,
You parrot the ignorance of Michelle Obama. She showed her ignorance at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. You must have been there too.
She said in an interview about Republicans, “all men, all white.”
I conclude that you too are a racist, and a sexist. Do you wear that badge with pride? Just curious?
I don't claim superiority, just self control and moral backbone. Not bad for a deplorable... no?
Do Democrats now support the freedom to Drive Under The Influence and kill people? The platform is ever evolving you know. Just curious.
Have a nice day dear.
BTW Countrygirl-what was found in his truck was not pot-again YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. This kid went to school with alot of kids in this neighborhood, he's known to use hard drugs-stop using a tragedy to push your liberal agenda. We have to be grateful that four people are still alive. We must also pray that this is a wake up call for this 27yr old to get the help he needs before he kills himself or someone else. I really wish you would get real or just stay quiet.
Since we're talking the ignorance of the Obama's... Watch this....

No CG u live in fantasy land like most liberals. U probably suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome like most lib tards. I can’t wait to see your head explode when Trump gets re-elected which I’m pretty confident he will especially with your party’s radical agenda.
Country girl lets not forget too how you minimized the sexual abuse going on up there in Lehighton and tried to deflect it all by saying that the abuse happening to children is caused by the men in the "bible belt watching porn". You really need to do more research when you comment on these stories. You also need to stop hijacking them when they are about one thing and you want to spew your liberal views-its getting old now

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