A careless left turn appears to have caused a three vehicle accident that injured three people. The multi-vehicle crash occurred in South Lebanon Township on Route 419.
According to South Lebanon Township Police, a Ford 250 pickup was heading west on Route 419, towing a trailer containing farm equipment. An oncoming Jeep made a left turn in front of the pickup truck. The pickup struck the Jeep on the passenger's side. After the initial impact, the pickup truck rolled, pinning its only passenger. The man was freed in about 15 minutes thanks to the forklift and other assistance provided by employees of nearby Boose Aluminum, Inc.
The force of the collision also caused the Jeep to strike a Chevrolet Cobalt that had stopped on the cross street. The driver of the Jeep and his passenger were taken to Hershey Medical Center. The Jeep driver was treated and released, and his passenger remained hospitalized in good condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. Police said that charges are pending against the driver of the Jeep, but no details were provided.
Accidents of this type can take significant investigative work before the exact change of events and the accident's cause can be established. The fact that the Jeep driver may face unspecified criminal charges provides a powerful hint that he may have been drunk or have made an illegal turn. In any event, persons who have been injured or lost a loved one in a multi-vehicle accident may wish to consult an accident attorney at Leisawitz Heller in Reading. The firm's lawyers have many years of experience in sorting out the questions of causation and liability in similar accidents, and they can provide a useful evaluation of the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
Source: Lebanon Daily News, "Man pinned under truck in S. Lebanon crash," Merriell Moyer, April 19, 2017