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One dead after two-car crash in Lower Towamensing

Published October 07. 2019 01:51PM

A Saylorsburg woman is dead following a two-car crash Saturday afternoon in Lower Towamensing Township.

State Police at Lehighton said the incident occurred at 3:54 p.m. along Forest Inn Road and Fireline Road where Forest Inn Road traverses North and South Fireline Road.

The crash occurred when a 2006 Chevrolet Impala being operated by Estelle Kent, 84, was traveling west on Fireline Road and came to a stop on Fireline Road at the intersection with Forest Inn Road.

Subsequently, a 2004 Ford Ranger being driven by Travis Goodhile, 28, of Palmerton, was traveling south on Forest Inn Road.

At some point after the Impala had stopped at the stop sign, it then entered the intersection without it being clear, pulling out in front of the Ford Ranger, which resulted in the Ford Ranger striking the Chevrolet within the southbound lane of travel located in the intersection.

Kent was extracted from the vehicle by the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department by mechanical means, and was then transported by Palmerton Ambulance to a helicopter and taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest.

Kent was later declared deceased at Lehigh Valley Hospital by the Lehigh County Coroner’s office.

Goodhile sustained no injuries and required no medical treatment. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the incident.

Also assisting at the scene were Lehighton Ambulance and Strohl’s Towing.

State Police at Lehighton are investigating and have determined that Kent was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

PennDOT: That should be a 4way stop intersection! School buses must use that all the time waiting for a clear view.

Recreating drivers speed South on Forest Inn Road into Aquashicola striking that, often replaced, chain link fence.

I was in an accident at this same intersection. I was coming south down Forest Inn when you are coming to that intersection it is shortly after a curve in road and I know I was under speed limit. Car was coming North on Forest Inn and made a left had turn onto Fireline right in front of me. I had no time to stop at all. It happened so fast. Elderly couple. I swerved to the right to try to avoid it all. Every single time I drive thru that intersection I go slower. It scares me know. My car was totaled and I just got it a couple months prior to accident. It was the other drivers fault. Years ago I had my car severely damaged parked at Pub when a driver made a left turn there drove up over the curb and hit the front end of my vehicle pushing it up and over the parking curb in front of it. It was not drive able. That intersection is bad.

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