No injuries in 2 accidents on Route 54
MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP - No serious injuries were reported in a pair of accidents that occurred about 30 minutes apart at two Route 54 intersections Friday morning.
Both crashes were investigated by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets Jr., who plans to cite two of the drivers and a tow truck operator.
The first accident occurred at 8:48 a.m. at Park Avenue (Route 2028) and Route 54 just outside Marion Heights.
Stamets said Jolene Reich, 40, of 918 Scott St., Kulpmont, was driving a 2003 silver Mercury east on Park Avenue when she stopped for a stop sign. Reich told police she looked in both directions of Route 54 and didn't observe any traffic before her pager went off. Police said Reich then looked at her pager before accelerating into the intersection in an attempt to make a left turn.
At that point, police said Reich's auto struck a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu driven in the westbound passing lane of Route 54 by Janice Bowman, 53, of 342 Melrose St., Marion Heights.
Bowman's auto sustained disabling damage to its wheel axle and was towed from the scene by Zlocki Body Works of Marion Heights. Reich's car sustained minor damage.
Both drivers escaped injury.
Stamets said Reich will be cited for duties at a stop sign.
The officer also plans to cite Leonard Zlocki, 55, of Marion Heights, operator of Zlocki Body Works, for not properly strapping down Bowman's car when he towed it to his business, and for not possessing a medical card signed by a certified doctor that shows he's physically fit to operate a tow truck.
At 9:23 a.m., Stamets was summoned to investigate a two-vehicle crash at Brennan's Farm Road and Route 54 in the section of highway known as the Strong Connector.
He said Tyler Griffiths, 26, of 127 Ward Lane, Northumberland, was driving a 1999 Ford truck on Brennan's Farm Road toward Mount Carmel when he failed to stop for a blinking red light and traveled into the intersection. Police said the rear of Griffiths' truck struck the front of a 2013 Ford Focus driven west on Route 54 by Karin Lilley, 64, of Kutztown.
Stamets said Lilley was evaluated at the scene by AREA Services personnel before being transported to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. She was treated in the emergency room before being released.
Griffiths, who escaped injury, will be cited for a red light violation.
The Focus sustained extensive damage and was towed by Dave's Auto Body of Shady Acres. The truck sustained moderate damage.
Assisting at the scene were members of Beaverdale Fire Company.
Stamets warned motorists to use extreme caution when traveling at the intersection because the traffic signal is not operating correctly after reportedly being struck by lightning Wednesday night. He said PennDOT plans to repair the signal in the near future.
The officer said the signal is flashing red for motorists traveling in both directions along Brennan's Farm Road, which means drivers must stop completely at the intersection before making sure their course of direction is clear.
The patrolman said two small stop signs have been posted on both sides of Brennan's Farm Road.
He said the signal is flashing yellow for drivers traveling east and west along Route 54, meaning motorists must slow down before proceeding with caution.